Physical activity is a great way to get and stay healthier —for both you and your children. Guide them in making activity a big part of their lives.
Especially for busy families, making active time into family time, too, can help you build strong bonds while you build strong muscles. When you and your children play together, you both win.
Family fitness can be a real lifestyle change. Here are some ideas to get started.
Focus on Fun
The key word to getting kids to be active is "fun." According to experts, children take part in physical activity to play.
Take One Step at a Time
Encourage your child to swim, bike, or play ball with friends, or take a 10-minute break while doing homework, watching TV, or playing computer or video games. Motivate your child to join in on school-organized sports and physical education classes!
Turn Off the TV
Instead of just watching TV, encourage your children to spend time each day in play that requires them to be physically active. Health professionals agree that physical activity is important for helping children to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Be a Role Model
Get the whole family involved in games, bicycling, or other active play. If you are involved, your child is more likely to get involved.
Make it Family Time
Participating in physical activities together may also add to the amount of quality time you spend with your child. Go for a walk together, play tag or other running games, get an aerobic dance or exercise tape for kids (there are several for sale) and exercise together. That way you can spend time together and get your own exercise, too.
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