Fitness for Kids
Fitness for Kids
Back when I was a kid, getting our exercise was pretty simple — we were outside running around with our friends or playing ball in the park after school! Nowadays, with the advent of the Internet, video games and a host of other “indoor activities,” our children aren’t as active as we once were. So now we must make an effort to make sure our kids are getting the exercise they need to be healthy and happy!
MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR
Most of the time, your kids wants to spend time with you (if they aren’t teenagers yet!) By being active all together, everyone benefits. Take a family bike ride, go for walks in the evening after dinner when everyone is home or shoot hoops in the driveway. There’s so many ways to be active all together which means you’re working out and bonding with your child all at the same time!
Sign your child up for a team league or activity that will get them moving multiple times a week. Little League, dance lessons or swim team — this list goes on and on. Just make sure it’s something your child actually enjoys doing or you’ll be doing weekly battle to get them to attend their lessons. Listen to your child’s preferences, they may even find a lifelong passion of theirs — what a bonus!
LIMIT TIME WITH ELECTRONICS
As a parent it’s a good idea to enforce a limit on how much time your child spends in front of the TV, computer or smartphone. Stick to a set time and then encourage your child to get outside and move around! And if they really can’t sever themselves from their electronic device, why not download some apps that encourage movement or a video game that has a physical component? The key is to keep them moving!
It’s so important for our children to remain in tune with their bodies as they grow. By staying fit and active they are poised for success in school with healthy minds and healthy bodies. All of which leads to happiness, which is what we all want for our kids!
Peace, Love, Grace and Namasgar,