There are many kids who enjoy staying at home in front of the TV or the computer watching cartoons and playing games. We all know how harmful are the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, especially on children, so it’s crucial to find ways to encourage the little ones to be more active and exercise or practice different sports. Here are some useful and smart tips to help you along the way.
Do fun activities together
If your children are aged somewhere between 4 and 8 years old, it may be quite difficult to teach them how to play tennis, basketball, all kinds of fun sports or do fun activities such as riding a bycyle or rollerskating because they are very attached to you, so they would prefer being by your side. To solve this, you can try doing all sorts of activities with them because kids tend to follow in the footsteps of their parents, so if they see you riding a bicycle or swimming they will want to try themselves.
Limit TV time
Children can get addicted to video games and cartoons pretty quick and when this happens, they seem to ignore everything that happens around them. They just want to watch cartoons or play video games and not to anything else. If you want to teach them how to be more active, you need to start making some changes. Consider limiting the time they spend in front of the computer or TV and encourage them to make new friends so that they can play outside together. By asking another kid to join them, your children will feel more motivated to practice a sport or compete against each other.
Acknowledge the effort
Praising a child for their efforts has many beneficial effects. This way you will encourage them to do that activity more and you will also help to improve their self-esteem and boost their confidence and this is exactly what children need. So, whether they are trying to improve a skill or practice some moves that they’ve learned at school you should definitely try ti acknowledge their effort and praise them.
Choose activities that are age-appropriate
Preschoolers should train their motor skills, so playing tag, riding a bike with training wheels or running obstacle course are the most appropriate physical activities for them. School-age kids can exercise more and do physical activities such as martial arts, biking, playing baseball or basketball. Teenagers, on the other hand, can do more types of physical activities, such as yoga, martial arts, hiking or skateboarding.