In this day and age of advanced technology, kids are spending less time outdoors and more time in front of a screen. While there are some learning apps and devices out there that can help to educate your kids, it is also important to find a balance between screen time and physical activity. It is crucial that we facilitate a good relationship with physical activity before they become adults and encourage them to get active daily.
Get Your Kids Active
Lead by Example
Life is busy and it can be hard to find the time to get active. However, it is important that we take care of ourselves and show our children the importance of exercise. Find fun ways to participate in physical activity with your kids. Go outside, play a game of soccer or road hockey, go for nature walks or do yard work. Leading by example is a great way to show your kids how important it is to get active.
Limit Screen Time
Put a time limit on the amount of time you allow your children to be in front of a screen. Encourage active play instead.
Make Activity a Daily Thing
Work physical activity into your kids’ daily routine. Set a time daily that you can ensure that you stick to, to get physical. In fact, if you make activity a daily focus, your kids will actually miss it if you skip a day!
Make it a Challenge
Set up an activity challenge with a reward. This is a great way to encourage your kids to engage in a little friendly competition and get active.
Walk to School
If your child’s school is close enough that they can walk, (or you can walk them) opt to get some exercise in the morning and forgo the drive to school. Little bits of activity like walking to school can actually make a huge difference. I only wish this were still an option for us but our school is over 40 minutes away walking and my kids are now bussed to school. We do choose to walk on the weekends to our local park and we have some amazing walking paths all around our home too.
It is really important that you get your children motivated to get up and get active! It is great for their health and development.