How to make kids active? This is one of the most intimidating problems faced by many parents. There are so many excuses and elements that make the children lazy or make them potato couch. Staying active is the key element for good health. Active children prevent themselves from developing mood disorders, poor functions of body organs, stress, etc and vice versa. Lack of activeness simply makes the child obese, which is the gateway to many lifestyle diseases. Helping and guiding the children to stay active is the best gift we can provide for their lives.
Here are the simple tips to make your kids active and healthy!
The primary element you should consider as a dutiful parent is to avoid overdoing. A chart with one hour at gym, 30 minutes at dance class, 20 minutes walk at the night, 20 minutes cycling, meditation in the morning, etc won’t help. To make your child active is definitely not restricted to fall within a strict regimen. Make your child free to do anything as long as it keeps them active. It can be simply walking a hundred times up and down the stairs. Unstructured play is the best to keep them active at the very young age.
Restricting watching television is most crucial element to make kids active. Just imagine your child watch television for more than 2 hours a day. If you restrict it to less than an hour a day, your child will have opportunities to try other activities.
Make them Sporty Kids
Involvement in sports activities is a simple way to make them active. Talk to your child, let him or her express the interest in sports, develop a schedule and let them involve in their favorite sport. Let it be cricket or tennis or basket ball, make sure to involve your child at least in one sport activity.
If the children are not interested in traditional sports as mentioned above, you can allow them participate in alternative sport choices like aerobics, cycling, martial arts, etc.
If your child wants to play in the outdoors, don’t restrict. Although you may share a great bond with your son or daughter, you cannot force your son to carry and pursue your dream. Hear their interest! You may have loved playing badminton, but it is not necessary that your daughter should also carry an interest in badminton.
Be a role model
Kids learn the most from the parents. If you want your child to do something, you should be a role model. Let us imagine, if you want your child to cut down watching television, you have to do so. If you want your daughter to wake half an hour early in the morning and go for brisk walking, you cannot sleep when they do. If you restrict your child eating high calorie foods, you cannot consume it before them. Whatever you want them to be, be a role model. It need not be perfect, you need not be a super model to make your child develop interest in doing regular exercise, and still you should not be a potato couch.
Lastly, practice it early, from the age one! You cannot force your teen girl too much to make her active.
Join them, play with them, cheer them and make them happy!