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Keeping Kids Active: Tips for Parents

In today’s digital age, keeping kids active can be a challenge. With the allure of screens and technology, encouraging physical activity is more important than ever. Not only does regular exercise help children maintain a healthy weight and develop strong muscles and bones, but it also promotes good mental health and improves academic performance. So, what can parents do to get – and keep – their children active? Here are some tips:

 

Lead by Example

Children often mimic their parents’ behavior, so it’s essential to set a good example by prioritizing your own fitness. Whether it’s going for a walk, hitting the gym, or playing a sport, let your child see you enjoying physical activity.

Make It Fun

Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore. Find activities that your child enjoys, whether it’s dancing, swimming, or playing a team sport. The key is to make it enjoyable so that they want to keep coming back for more.

Limit Screen Time

Set boundaries around screen time and encourage outdoor play instead. Consider implementing a rule where screen time is earned through physical activity.

Enroll in Youth Fitness Classes

Look for local youth fitness classes or sports programs tailored to your child’s age and interests. These classes not only provide structured exercise but also offer socialization and skill development.

Family Fitness

Plan family activities that involve physical activity, such as hiking, biking, or playing games in the backyard. Not only does this promote bonding, but it also encourages everyone to stay active together.

Celebrate Achievements

Recognize and celebrate your child’s physical achievements, whether it’s completing a fun run or mastering a new skill in a sport. Positive reinforcement can motivate them to continue being active.

Be Supportive

Encourage your child to try new activities and be supportive of their efforts, even if they’re not naturally athletic. The goal is to foster a love for movement and physical activity that will last a lifetime.

 

Remember, the key is to make physical activity a part of your family’s lifestyle. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can help your child lead a healthier, more active life. Ready to get your child moving? Check out our class schedule or book a free class today to start their journey to a healthier, happier life!

 

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