Tips for parents: motivating your kids to exercise to become active kids

Motivating your kids to exercise to become active kids:

kids exerciseRegular physical activity is an important part of the healthy lifestyle.  Making physical activity a priority and encouraging good habits in children from an early age is important and can help them to develop the skills they need to continue being active throughout their life.

What can parents do to help their kids be active?

Be an active role model and have a positive attitude to being active.  If your children see you enjoying you physical activity and having fun it can encourage them to participate.  Aerobic exercise can be fun for both adults and kids. Examples of aerobic activities include:

  • Basket Ball
  • Fast walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Bicycling
  • Dancing

How to get kids to exercises?

  1. Find a fun activity. Help your child find a sport that he/she enjoys. The more he/she enjoys the activity, the more likely it is that he/she will continue. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.
  2. Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate. For example, a 7- or 8-year-old child is not ready for weight lifting or a 3-mile run, but soccer, bicycle riding, and swimming are all appropriate activities.
  3. Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.
  4. Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
  5. Turn off the TV. Limit television watching and computer use.  Use the free time for more physical activities.
  6. Make time for exercise. Some children are so overscheduled with homework, music lessons, and other planned activities that they do not have time for exercise.

Age-Appropriate Activities as exercise for kids:

The best way for kids to get physical activity is by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine. Toddlers and preschoolers should play actively several times a day. Children 6 to 17 years should do 60 minutes or more physical activity daily. This can include free play at home, active time at school, and participation in classes or organized sports.

Preschoolers: Right from birth, your child is learning how to control their body movements and how to interact with the world around them.  This learning process is called motor skills development.  Motor skills can be divided into three types:

  1. Locomotor  – running, hopping and jumping
  2. Object Control – throwing, catching and kicking
  3. Stability and balance

School age: Specific physical activity recommendations for children ages 6 to 12

  1. Participate in several rounds of moderate and vigorous, age appropriate physical activity lasting 15 minutes or more each day.
  2. Accumulate at least 60 minutes, and up to several hours, of physical activity on all, or most days of the week.
  3. It’s best that children do not have extended periods (like tow more hours) of inactivity, especially during day time hours.

Teens :  physical activity recommendations for teens

  1. Teens should be active every day as part of play, sports, work, transportation, gym class, or planned exercises.
  2. Three or more times each week, teens should do something that require moderate to high levels of exertion for 20 minutes or more.
  3. Include in your routine jogging, brisk walking, swimming, skating, aerobic dance, tennis and full court basket ball.

The above parenting tips will help you in motivating your kids to exercise to become active kids.

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