We all know that kids are far too sedentary these days. It’s a big concern for parents and public health alike.
Today, kids are immersed in things that don’t require them to move all that much. They seem more interested in exploring the world through their tablet computers than their bodies. And that often means that their bodies suffer.
Some kids aren’t naturally attracted to sport. So here is some sage advice for parents struggling to get their children to be more active.
Don’t Push Too Hard
As parents, we get used to fighting our kids. But it’s an unhealthy habit to get into. As hard as we might push, they’re willing to push back even harder. The trick is to be a little more clever about it. Rather than ordering kids to play sport, create the conditions that will draw them towards it. The best way to do this is to lead by example. If you can show your kids that you can have fun playing sport, they’ll be more likely to want to try it. As soon as they have a desire to play sports themselves, they won’t be able to get enough.
Make It A Competition
Some kids are by nature competitive. And so a great way to get them involved in sport is to hold a competition. It can be something as simple as a five-a-side tournament or as complicated as polo. Whatever it is, make sure there’s a reward at the end. Sites like www.trophiesplusmedals.co.uk sell all sorts of medals for different sporting occasions.
Don’t Assume All Sport Is Team Sport
A lot of kids don’t enjoy team sports. And that’s okay for parents. Why? Mainly because there are so many other options out there. Kids who don’t like football, for example, can choose cycling, swimming, even yoga.
All these options are great for their fitness and for keeping them healthy. And so all these options should be kept on the table. Jumpbunch.com lists more than seventy different sports kid can enjoy if you’re struggling for ideas.
Take Advantage Of Free Taster Sessions
Local sports centres often offer free taster days for kids. It’s all part of their marketing efforts, obviously. Still, it can prove very useful for getting kids interested in trying something different. For kids, the sports centre is a kind of showcase. And an impressive one at that. It’s a great way of capturing their imagination and getting them to really think about sports. Plus, if they don’t like it, you’re not committed to a whole term’s worth of fees.
Make Exercise Fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be for exercise’s sake. It doesn’t even have to be all about winning. It can also be about just having fun. After all, having fun is one of the only things kids do for its own sake. And so introducing fun is a great way to ease them into new sporting habits. For instance, you could make exercise fun by doing a fun run and raising money for charity. Or you could get your kids to design their own games to spice things up a bit.
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