With all of today’s electronics providing kids with entertainment at their fingertips, it can be quite tricky to have them disengage and become more active. And what do we expect? We as parents can be just as guilty succumbing to the constant checking of our electronic devices. It’s a tough situation, especially if in addition to social connections, you depend on a cell phone and computer for business purposes. The result is our kids following our example, becoming engrossed in electronic devices and mostly becoming stagnant.
So, how do you raise fit kids? You lead by example. If they see you becoming active, usually they will want to join in and become active too. Easier said than done, right? It doesn’t have to be – make it routine. It’s like brushing your teeth – it’s routine. Being active is a lifestyle, and if you create time within your family’s daily or weekly schedule, it will become routine increasing your kiddos activity. It does take the commitment of the parent or caretaker, and is worth it leading to raising fit kids!
Here are some tips on how to get started:
- Make it fun! Be excited when presenting the idea that the family will be starting a weekly exercise routine.
- Discuss a day and time in which the family together will exercise and be consistent.
- Mix it up by doing different activities such as: walking, jogging, biking, calisthenics, swimming, aerobics, martial arts, etc.
- Set goals and track activity. The goals should be simple and attainable. Example: Our goal will be to exercise for 30 minutes per day, or 3 hours per week.
- Praise and brag about how well your kids are doing in their exercise routine. This will keep them motivated. The best positive reinforcement for kids is hearing how proud their parents are of them!