Raising active kids is without question one of the best things you can do for them now and in the future. When you get your kids used to being active rather than sitting around watching TV and scrolling on their devices, they are far more likely to stick to this habit in the long run. Getting into the habit is key, as it’ll come second nature.
Obesity is a big problem all over the world, and there are many reasons for it. It doesn’t just stop at ‘moving too little, eating too much.’ Some people do have health conditions, while others have always lived a sedentary lifestyle and never really known any better. Obesity does not run in families, and there’s no such thing as ‘big boned’ – it’s something we pass on to our kids. It’s something we teach them ourselves. Some people also use eating as a crutch to try to numb themselves and feel better when they are sad or anxious. It’s important to acknowledge that it isn’t black and white!
Once you have taken this on board, it’s so important to monitor what you are teaching your kids. If you want to make sure you have active (and healthy) kids, then here are 6 things you can do:
1. Demonstrate Yourself Being Active
Your kids will do what they learn from you – not what you tell them to do. You can tell them to exercise but they aren’t going to pay much attention if you’re not doing it yourself. Find an activity you enjoy doing yourself and stick to it. It should inspire your kids when they see you, whether consciously or unconsciously.
2. Let Them Try Lots Of Difference Active Hobbies
Don’t force your child into an active hobby just because it’s something you used to like, or something you think they ‘should’ like. You need to let them try lots of different things until you find something that they actually want to stick to. Take them to various classes and let them follow their impulses.
It’s normal for them to want to give up on something right at the start, so it might be down to you to convince them that they can get better if they keep on practicing. Just make sure you know this distinction: there’s a difference between encouraging them to do something they want to do but find difficult, and forcing them to do something they really don’t like.
3. Create The Ideal Garden For Activity
Your garden could be your very own obstacle course or sport’s pitch! Look at free artificial grass samples to decide whether or not this is the right choice for you, and make sure you have plenty of balls, jump ropes, other active toys.
4. Start Doing Things As A Family
Figure out activities you can do as a family. Cycling and hiking are great ideas for families who want to enjoy activities together!
5. Schedule It In
If you don’t schedule in physical activity, it’ll likely fall to the bottom of your priority list. Make sure you schedule it in just like you would any other important task.
6. Don’t Overdo It
Know when to push your child and when to let them rest. Rest is important too, and they can still overdo it!