10 Ways to Encourage Children to Exercise

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By Evan Cooper
Last updated: January 09, 2020


These days, children are spending way too much time watching the television or sitting behind the screen of some kind of electronic device. There are many health problems that come with a lack of exercise. These include obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, just to name a few. It’s been proven that overweight children become obese adults. It is your duty as a parent to encourage the children in your care to exercise. By encouraging your kids to participate in daily exercise, you will help them to maintain a healthy weight and it will help reduce the risk of developing diseases, such as cancer, later on in life.
 

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Set an Example

Your children look up to you as a role model. They will spend a lot of their time watching you, and they will try to mimic all of your habits, whether they are good or bad. If you’re active and show enthusiasm when it comes to exercise, your kids will be more active themselves and will be more likely to stay active throughout their life.
 

Focus on Fun

All children like to have fun, so if you make exercise an activity that they enjoy, then they are more likely to stick to it. You can do this by playing music and encouraging dancing, plan walking trips around the zoo or a theme park, or by getting them to participate in activities that they are extremely interested in, such as a sport like a baseball or a horseback riding.
 

Get Everyone Involved

Getting everyone involved in an activity is one of the most successful ways to encourage your children to exercise, and it can be done in many ways. You can get involved by doing the activity with your child. For example, if they like to roller skate, you can get some roller derby skates for women and participate with them. Or you could volunteer to coach a soccer team or bring the family along to watch them play.
 

Limit Electronic Time

Reducing the number of time children spend indoors on electronics is a highly effective way to encourage them to exercise more. This is because they won’t have anything else to do, so you can find them a physical activity to keep them preoccupied. You could use technology to your advantage. There are many apps that track and encourage activity and have fun suggestions for kids.
 

Find a Motivator

If you have a particularly difficult time encouraging your children to exercise, then giving them something to motivate them is a great way to get them moving. When kids have a goal to work towards, it will promote that physical activity. Rewards to consider could include a new video game, a new piece of equipment for their activity, or a trip to the cinema on the weekend.
 

An Adventurous Vacation

Kids love to enjoy holidays because they love to have fun out of the home. You can explore the nearby locations where you can enjoy your weekend with kids and this weekend plan must have some adventure and physical activity.

  • You can go to some adventure park which may have some games involving running, jumping, climbing, etc.
  • You have the plan to go to some hill station where you can go hiking.
  • You can go to some beach where you can play volleyball or and soccer.


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Competitions

Kids are motivated when they achieve something new or when they get rewarded. Plan some exercise or physical activity and ask your kids to participate in that. Announce an exciting reward for the winner and runner ups. The urge to be the winner and to earn a reward will excite them to take part in the competition, and you will achieve your goal.
 

Involve Your Kids in Household Activities

There are various tasks that you perform in your daily routine like cleaning home, maintaining bed, arranging things, cooking, going to market, washing clothes, etc. You can get your kids involved in the tasks which are easy to perform for them like watering the garden or going to market with you, spreading washed clothes on the string, arranging books or other items on proper shelves. These activities will keep your kids busy and active.
 

Walk More

The walk is considered the easiest and the healthiest exercise and you can underestimate its effects on your health. Even if you have a car or another vehicle to move but the better idea is to walk or jog to the park, market or even to school where your kids' study. Take your kids with you while you are visiting the nearby market, park or even when you are going to drop them to school if the school is not that far. This daily walk will make your kids active and healthy.
 

Search for Snapchat Challenge

If your kids are crazy about Social Media like Snapchat, you can use that to encourage them to exercise. There are daily some new challenges on Snapchat, and you can explore the challenges which are safe to kids and also involve some physical exercise. Like a few weeks ago there were pushups challenge in one go. Find such challenges and ask your kids to take this challenge and post their videos to get encouragement from others once it is done.

Children between the ages of 6 and 17 need to participate in a high-intensity exercise for an hour a day, 5 days a week. Regular exercise will make your children healthier, and it may even improve their academic performance. Having an active family will also improve your health, which is important too. Hope these ideas will help you and your kids to stay healthy, fit and active.

 

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