Fitness for Kids


Childhood obesity is a devastating trend in our culture today. Exercise is important, but some parents struggle to come up with fitness for their kids. Look no further – you have found a source of help. There are many simple ways to keep your kids active every day.

Promote being active, not “exercising.” Your child can be involved in formal activities like dance class, or informal activities like having a friend over to ride bikes. Telling children they need to do more exercise will turn them off. This is probably why many adults have problems sticking to a fitness plan. Instead, focus on having them move their bodies while having fun.

Get outside and play! Having a variety of sports and play equipment on-hand will make it easy for kids to get active. You don’t always have to set up a whole game. Just let your kids practice and mess around if you are short on time or the weather isn’t great. If you don’t have a yard (or it is very small), choose a nearby park and play there on regular outings.

Have fun being silly and acting like animals. You can do indoors or outdoors. Hop like a frog, slither like a snake, flap your wings like a giant bird! Just be sure you get your breath moving and blood flowing.

Remove TV’s and computers from children’s bedrooms. It’s recommended that children have no more than two hours of screen time per day. That includes watching TV, using the computer, and playing video games. More time spent here means less time for moving around.

Fitness for kids can involve the whole household. Be a good example, be active yourself. Show them that everyone in the family does different things to stay fit. It doesn’t matter whether you go on walks, go to the gym, do yoga, or play a league sport.; If you are asking them to be active, be sure they see you leading the way.

Turn ordinary activities into exercise. Have kids help with indoor and outdoor chores that require some muscle such as gardening, taking out trash, vacuuming, scrubbing things, hauling boxes of old things out to the car, shoveling snow. Start a habit or a routine of activity. Go on walks after supper, have dance time in the morning, or play outdoor games after school or on weekends.

Be aware of your child’s preferences.Enroll them in exercise activities all year round such as gymnastics, swimming lessons, winter basketball league, or summer soccer. Some children prefer more competitive activities; some prefer doing more casual activities or ones that focus on individual achievement. You may need to get your child involved in a few different things before you figure out what works best.

Exercise for kids doesn’t have to be time consuming, boring, or only about competition. Opportunities to improve your kids fitness are all around you. Just pick a few fun things to do on a regular basis. Soon, your child will be on their way to making exercise a healthy habit.

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