Most kids won’t cooperate if an activity isn’t enjoyable, so here are five fun ways to get your kids moving and on their way to a healthier life:
Family Go Time
Doing things together sets a good example for the kids and creates healthy family bonding. Put “Go Time” on the family calendar and let everyone come up with fun things to do, such as bike riding, a neighborhood hike, family tag, jumping rope, dancing or hoola-hoop sessions.
Instead of driving them everywhere, let them walk whenever possible – to school, to the library or to a friend’s house. When you do drive, park at the end of the parking lot farthest from your destination. Encourage your kids to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Give them an inexpensive pedometer to help them track their steps each day.
Move for a Cause
Many local charity events involve physical activity. Walks, runs, bike rides and even jumping rope for charity are fun ways kids can help others while helping themselves. Make sure they have plenty of time to train before the event and use the proper equipment.
Whether it’s soccer, volleyball, martial arts, dance or swimming, working with and competing against others develops good social skills. If you don’t have a league or a team in your area, you can always start one.
Kids don’t need expensive equipment or a formal playing field to get moving. Let them run around the backyard and create their own fun. Encourage them to climb trees, use playground equipment or just play kick the can. Take advantage of the natural beauty of your area to go hiking, biking or rock climbing.
– Courtesy of Family Features