Most kids today spend an awful lot of time in front of the TV. This does not only prevent them from strengthening their muscles, lungs and heart, it also set them up for a sedentary lifestyle. To get these kids moving, you’ll have to rethink your idea of exercise.
A physical workout does not necessarily equate to running lapses. Think of an activity that you can do with your kids. Exercising as a family is a great way of bonding with the kids. So, let these creative ideas help you turn a simple activity into an opportunity to have fun and get fit as a family.
Instead of heading right for the television, encourage everyone to go for a 30-minute family walk. Incorporating it into your daily schedule ensures that this activity won’t get put off. Track everyone’s mileage and gently add more distance every week. To make it more enticing, create a family exercise log and use bright colored stickers to track your progress.
Set aside a time to play
The key to getting the kids moving is by planning time for physical activities. Set aside 30 minutes to do fun activities with your kids and encourage them to play sports or bring them to the play ground. If time permits, make it an after-dinner routine. Offer a variety of fun activities to help the child find activities and exercises that they want to stick with and enjoy.
Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks
Try to be creative and invent silly names for simple exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, and squats then do them together until the show comes back on. A great way of doing it is to play “follow the leader” and take turns in instructing each other to do simple moves like marching, wiggling, clapping.
Walk the dog
If you have a pet, you can use this as an excuse and encourage the kids to walk the dog in the afternoon. Research revealed that dog owners had much more fun losing weight than non-pet owners.