It is a huge challenge getting kids to move these days. Back then, kids were very active. You will be exhausted running around chasing for them wherever they go. They also love doing physical activities. Kids of today are different. Given the technology that is available today, it becomes difficult for them to stand up and move. They would rather sit and play with their mobile devices.
Obviously, this is not a healthy practice. You want them to develop holistically. Not spending enough time playing physical activities or engaging in fitness programs lead to obesity. They also tend to develop this habit into adulthood. You don’t want them to stay this way. On the other hand, you also don’t want to coerce them into doing physical activities they despite. The good thing is that you can start by doing something more fun.
Physical activities can also be fun
The problem with most parents when introducing physical activities to their kids is that they immediately think about sports. They don’t realize that fun can be combined with youth fitness, through music & games – as per the tenets of mainstream fitness programs. Youth exercise doesn’t have to involve ball games.
You can start with something more basic – dancing is perhaps one of the activities to keep them moving while having fun at the same time. Basic dancing moves can be taught up until they learn certain routines. They can even be asked to do performances using what they have learned in their dance class.
Fun games are also an option. Kids definitely love games. You can introduce treasure hunting games for instance so that they can use their brains and bodies at the same time. Those who are academically gifted have a chance to shine in this game, while those who are into physical activities will also enjoy. There’s something for everyone when you introduce fun games.
Take it to the next level
As your kids start getting older, entering their teenage years, you might want them to take up more serious physical activities. Again, the key here is preference. Let them choose whatever sports they want to pursue. Introduce them to different types of sports and they might find one that they would really enjoy doing.
The goal is to just keep them moving. You want them to have fun while exercising at the same time. If it turns out that they can be professional athletes due to their constant training, it is just a bonus. Don’t make it a motivation in exposing them to sports. You should also don’t get too excited if they start showing potentials for greatness.
If this becomes an obsession for you, it starts to become less fun for them. Take note that teenagers are very vulnerable. You don’t want them to have a traumatic experience at that point or start getting angry about something. They might hold on to it for the rest of their lives.
A wonderful bonding moment
For you, the goal of doing all these physical activities might be to instill the value of fitness for your kids. You don’t realize though that it also becomes a bonding moment for the two of you. It is important that you have some activities done together. This makes your relationship stronger even as your kids grow older. You want to keep this bond strong. Therefore, you have to start at a young age.