CAN YOU RAISE ACTIVE KIDS WHEN YOU’RE INACTIVE?
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR FAMILY’S APPROACH TO FITNESS.
Raising an active kid isn’t easy for any parent in the age of video games and social media sites. If you were a kid who hated gym class and are now an adult who hates the gym, you may find it especially challenging to help your child become more active. You know it’s important for their health and psychological well-being but you don’t feel that it’s something you can do.
YOU CAN DO IT, however, there are many ways to be physically active beyond traditional sports or gym exercises. You don’t have to be a champion athlete to boost your child’s motivation to exercise. You just need to be a little creative and willing to try moving again yourself.
Even if your children are teens, it’s not too late. These tips can help you conquer the challenges of helping your child get fit – and may improve your own health along the way.
BECOMING A MORE ACTIVE PARENT:
WHERE TO START
- Here’s a no-sweat way to begin: Turn off the TV.
A 2010 study found that parents who watched two or more hours of TV per day were more likely to have kids who also watched TV for hours. Other studies have linked kids’ TV viewing to them having a higher body mass index (BMI) or higher weight compared to their height.
- The next step is to start exercising yourself.
Active parents have a definite edge over sedentary parents because they serve as role models. Getting into the exercise groove isn’t easy, especially if you haven’t hit the gym in a while. It’s OK to go slowly. Try to gradually introduce more activity into your day. Set achievable goals, such as a 10-minute walk at lunch, and build up from there. If you try to do too much at once, you’re going to be turned off, and you’ll turn off your kids as well.
- Think about what keeps you from moving more. Is it lack of time, motivation, or skill? These strategies can help.
- Schedule time to exercise. You’re more likely to be active if you’ve planned ahead.
- Choose enjoyable and easy-to-do activities. Walking, for example, doesn’t require any extra equipment or special skills.
- Take a class. Learning something new can increase your motivation to exercise.
- When with the kids, keep it fun, non-competitive and carefree. Get the kids involved with age appropriate games, challenges and fun family time like walks and bike rides or offer a “commercial challenge” to get kids up off the couch during TV. See who can hop on 1 foot the longest or run the fastest during the commercial breaks or put on music and dance while you’re doing household chores.
Raising active kids when you’re not used to being active doesn’t have to be difficult. It just takes a different mind-set than you’re used to. Be open to the everyday exercise opportunities around you and enjoy them. The most successful families are those who are in it together for the long haul.
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