So many modern forms of entertainment are physically inactive, so children nowadays spend much more time sitting in front of screens or playing games on Gameboys, PlayStations and so on. Although some electronic games do encourage exercise and physical activity, notably games for the Nintendo Wii, it’s no substitute for getting out into the fresh air for some good old fashioned fun. As it can be difficult to prise children away from their favourite TV programmes or video games, here are some tips on how you can get your children interested in exercising.
Be a Good Role Model
Perhaps most importantly, you should lead by example. If your children see that you are interested in exercise and fitness, they will soon follow suit as children are impressionable and like to copy their parents and older siblings. You can use exercise and activity as a way of bonding with your child. A few hours spent playing football in the back garden are much more likely to be remembered by both of you than an evening spent in front of the TV.
You should also consider organising family activities or outings centred around physical activity, such as bike trips on forest trails or a day spent swimming at the beach. Children are much more likely to get excited by the prospect of these activities than they are if you simply tell them to go outside and play.
Enrolling Kids in Sports Clubs
Many children take part in sports clubs, which allow them to exercise and socialise. If you want your child to join a sports club, don’t push them towards a sport that they’re not interested in. Ask them what they’d like to do and present them with a range of different options. Don’t forget about unconventional options like martial arts or dance as these are just as good at getting children to be active.
Alternative Forms of Exercise
If your child doesn’t want to get involved in a sports club, think outside the box. How can you get them to exercise and keep fit, if not through sports? How about hiring a bouncy castle and inviting over a few of their friends? Bouncing is great exercise and children love bouncing, so they’re sure to get hours of enjoyment out of a bouncy castle. A family pet is another great way of getting children to exercise. Children will love playing with a dog in the back garden or bringing it for walks and showing it off to their friends.
So if you’re worried about your children’s fitness levels or weight, don’t despair. There are many ways of getting children to exercise so you can be sure that at least one of them will get your children excited about exercise.
This article was written by Shane Thornton who often hires bouncy castles Dublin for parties and other special occasions to get his two children exercising.