If you’re like most parents, you probably struggle to get your child off their phone or away from other screens. Unfortunately, there are numerous downsides to the amount of tech time kids have, one of which is that most children aren’t getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity they need daily.
It can feel like a lost cause to try to get kids to be more active, but don’t give up – you don’t want your child to become one of the millions of obese youngsters currently in this country or to suffer from any other adverse effects of a lack of activity. Helpfully, there are strategies you can use to tempt your young ones to get moving today.
Be Active as a Family
Find ways to be active as a family. Incorporate movement into things you do together, such as walk the dog, play catch or basketball, swim at the beach, or go for a bicycle ride. Doing this will soon get your child moving more. Where possible, set up a daily routine where you do some form of physical activity together, such as before breakfast or in the afternoon. If this is something you find hard to schedule, start with doing it for just 15 minutes per day and build up from there.
Remember that parents need to be good role models for their children when it comes to exercise. Lead by example and show your children you don’t just expect them to be active; it’s part of your lifestyle, too. After all, kids quickly notice the hypocrisy if you’re hounding them to do something you avoid.
Let Kids Try Different Activities
It’s also a good idea to let your kids try different physical activities, rather than pushing them into one particular sport you like to watch or do yourself. Everyone has different interests and abilities, so give your children the chance to find what works best for them.
The other benefit of encouraging kids to test various movement options is that this helps to keep them interested in and motivated by exercise. Most kids like to change things