I’m sure you’ve told your kids countless times that they need to eat well and exercise is they want to stay healthy. I’m also sure that you’ve discovered how your kids don’t listen to you! Although it’s for their own good, getting kids to exercise is often a lot tougher than it should be. Here, I’ve brought together some of the best ways you can get your kids more active.
The first and simplest tip I can offer is to plan outdoor activities with you and your kids. I know that when you work full time and have to keep on top of all your other activities, you probably just want to relax when you finally hit your spare time. However, I’m sure you have it in you to set aside one day a week for the whole family to get out there and get active. In the summer, go down to the beach and have a swim. In the winter, find a good place for sledding, or some natural beauty spot to take a hike. If the weather’s really horrendous, go to your local leisure centre and rent out a tennis court. You’ll be met with resistance at first, but it won’t take too long for everyone to get on board with the routine!
Perhaps your kids are too old for you to tell them outright what to do. Even with teenagers, there are clever ploys you can use to make sure they’re staying active. If you can remember, as a teenager you spend a lot of time worrying about yourself in a range of ways. One of the biggest things that keeps coming up is “am I getting unfit?”. Mix this with the want to see more of your “independent” teen, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find some classes to go to together. Aerobics, yoga and other group exercise classes can all be great solutions to this situation. At least bring the idea up – you never know how your teen will react until you try!
Okay, so maybe when you want to get your younger kids to come out with you, you run headlong into an explosive tantrum. Going out with boring old mum might feel like a chore for them, but a sports event with their friends is something quite different! This doesn’t have to be anything particularly big. If it has some kind of loose organisation, then kids will get on board. Get some materials to set out events; welly chucking, egg and spoon races, that sort of thing. You can even buy sports trophies and medals for teams if you want to get them really excited! Trophies or no trophies, your kids will be crazy about activity if there’s the possibility of winning. It will also give you an opportunity to catch up with some of your friends who have kids.
Use these three ideas, and see if it gets your kids any more active. As you play around with different things, I’m sure you’ll find an activity your kids go crazy about!