Learn to Love Fitness as a Child

Everyone wants their children to enjoy physical fitness and to make fitness a lifelong program for good health. The following tips are fun ways to get your children to become more physically fit.

One way to encourage your children to become more physically active is to buy them a pedometer. Most children enjoy counting and this will make walking seem like a game to them. To increase the fun, buy pedometers for everyone in the family and have contests to see who can take the most steps in a day, week, or month. For variety you can change it up by counting things such as who increased their steps the most.

If you have room in your home, create an area for indoor exercise for the children for days when the weather is too bad for them to play outside. You don’t have to buy any expensive equipment. A spare bedroom can be used or even a portion of your living room. Remove any breakable items and turn the music on and have them dance around. You can also buy cheap toys such as Nerf balls, hoola hoops and hopscotch rugs that will provide hours of fun exercise.

Another way you can promote physical fitness is to plan fun weekend activities to keep them active. Again, this doesn’t have to be expensive activities that will break your budget. You can plan fun things that the entire family can do such as skating, hiking, fishing, or even mushroom hunting. Not only will it keep everyone active, it will allow you to spend precious time together as a family and create memories to last a lifetime.

Another way to promote physical fitness is to encourage your child to take part in a sport they enjoy. It may take some experimentation to find the sport that they truly enjoy. They don’t have to excel at the sport, it’s more important that they enjoy the sport and are being physically active.

It is always important to educate your child about the benefits of exercise. They need to see exercise as a fun activity, not a chore. Early childhood is the best time to establish good habits. Children need to see their parents making it a priority in their own lives to be physically fit and will learn by example. Always promote exercise in a positive manner and explain how each activity benefits the body.

It is a good idea to encourage your child to take part in some sort of physical activity after school before doing their homework. Not only will this promote physical fitness but it will keep them busy when they would normally want unhealthy snacks while they’re doing their homework. The physical activity will help them burn up the pent up energy they have kept inside all day and will allow them to better focus on their homework.

If you follow the above tips, your child will incorporate physical fitness into their adult lives without a second thought. Exercise will be something that is important to them and they will enjoy being physically fit.