Kids love to run around and be active, climb trees, run around and play. It is a vital part of their development; it is how they interact with each other, how they build stamina and grow and how they learn about the world. As parents, we need to teach them about the importance of physical exercises and nutrition. Children these days find themselves in sedentary environments and situations that influence how they feel about physical activities in the long run. More and more children will want to spend an hour or two in front of the computer instead of going outside and riding their bike. We thought about a few ways to lure them back into the backyard without them feeling pressured.
Kids learn by example and that is a fact! If they see you sitting in front of the TV all evening, they will want to do the same thing. So, why not take them out, not as a chore, but as a fun and entertaining activity, until they get the hang of it. Even something as simple as building a fort or jumping rope will bring a smile on their faces if they see you doing that with them.
Make it Fun
Make sure your children have all the tools they need to be active. And by tools, we mean toys. Teach them to ride a bike or roller-skate – it will not only be a great activity for you and them, but it will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Suggest a Sport
Get them interested in a sport while they are young. They’ll meet other kids, and they will put their energy to good use. Baseball, soccer or even football – all of them are great ways to get a young body to develop and grow.
Go on Hikes
If you live somewhere close to nature and have the possibility to go on hikes, then you can consider yourself lucky! Get the kids and go hiking on a hill or in the woods nearby. Teach them about the plants, trees and animals while you’re out there. They’ll soak up the information like a sponge.
Swimming is one of the best sports your child could do. It helps the muscles develop and it builds stamina – it is also insanely fun! Learning to swim is something that should be done at a young age. Did you know that newborns can swim and they have a reflex that prevents them from inhaling water through their noses? That reflex is lost in their first year of life – that goes to show that people should really be out in the water more.