Exercise is important for everyone. It’s easy to take it for granted with kids, as they have so much energy anyway. But one in three children are ‘not active enough’, something that can affect their health now, as well as stay with them when they’re older.
Teaching good habits now can help make it easier for your kids to stay fit and healthy throughout their lives. But what can you do when your kid would rather play Xbox or watch Netflix?
Here are some suggestions to help you get your kids into exercise.
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Set a good example
The best way to encourage your kids to exercise is to do it yourself. From getting up for a morning run or heading to the gym, showing your child that you exercise can help them see the benefits. Exercising regularly will give you the energy you need to keep up with your kids, so even if you just fit in 30 minutes of exercise a day, you’ll be setting a good example to yourself, as well as the rest of the family.
Get them some new sportswear
There’s something about some new gym gear that makes you want to workout. Could it be the same for your kids too? Some cool new kids sportswear by Rascal Clothing could be just what you need to spark some enthusiasm for exercise. Always make sure your child is wearing the right clothing for exercise – be it indoor or outdoor, to help keep them safe, dry and protected where needed. New clothes are always nice to have, and could be the little push you need to get your kids more active.
Make days out more active
Days out don’t have to be spent in the cinema or going out for food, you could make them more active. If you’re hoping to keep the cost of family trips down, pursuing more active types of days out could help the whole family get fitter and healthier. A bike ride, a trip to the trampoline park and days at the beach can all be fun, low-cost ways of spending time together that will also help you all work up a sweat.
Make it a part of your daily routine
As with any habit, it needs to be repeated regularly to become a normal part of your routine. By making exercise an essential part of your day, it will soon become a regular habit, like doing homework or doing the washing. While the kids might need convincing, you can help them by scheduling it as part of everyone’s day and getting everyone involved. Even walking counts as exercise, so a family walk after dinner could be just what you all need to become more active together.
It can be difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, let alone your kids! But if you stick at it and help them see the benefits, they’ll soon get there. Show them that exercise can be fun through team sports and challenging workouts and they’ll soon develop a love of keeping fit!