Anyone with children can tell you that kids are naturally rambunctious, but it’s still a good idea to teach them about the benefits of regular exercise anyway. Exercise helps prevent chronic disease, improves flexibility, physical strength and mental health, and it’s great for your heart and lungs! Most children, however, are probably not interested in what adults would consider a ‘workout,’ so how can you get your kids exercising in a way that’s interesting and engaging for them? Here are our tips:
- Make fitness a family activity. Kids learn by example, so engaging in fitness activities with your children helps teach them how fun and important exercise is. Plus, doing fitness as a family means you can get your exercise in without sacrificing time spent with your children.
- Choose a mixture of activities so no one gets bored. Your kids might like riding their bikes, or you may want to teach your children a sport you enjoyed in high school. But, forcing your kids to focus on only one activity – or just getting too tied into a single fitness activity can lead to boredom and frustration. Keep things fun by trying out new activities regularly.
- If you’re stumped for ideas, just take a walk. We’re so lucky to live in gorgeous, sunny Colorado. When the weather is good and your kiddos are restless, get the whole family outdoors for a brisk walk. It’s not only a great way to improve your heart health and enjoy nature, but a walk can be a good time to chat with your kids about their day and what’s going on in their lives.
- Introduce your kids to your active hobbies. If you have a hobby that gets your body moving, consider involving your children. Activities like gardening, dancing, canoeing, and bicycling are fun and they also burn a surprising number of calories! Just make sure you pick things you know your children can physically handle, and follow safety guidelines.
- Support a cause together. A charity 5K, walk-a-thon, or golf tournament can be a fun way to get some exercise together while supporting a good cause. It’s both fun and encourages your children to participate in charity events!
No matter which of these tips you choose to try, the ultimate goal is to have fun with your whole family, so make sure the activities you choose are ones you’ll enjoy!