Kids Fitness – Do You Give It The Importance It Deserves? We all want our children to reach their full ability, to have a good future ahead of them. So that’s why we encourage them to work hard at school, to take their time and give of their best with their homework.
We help them to develop and improve their skills in maths, reading, writing, and speaking. Sometimes though, are we forgetting about something else that will play a vital role in their having an enjoyable future? Their fitness!
When kids are young, they tend to be pretty active without thinking about it, infact most of us wish we could have a fraction of their energy! Yet as your child grows up, that desire for physical activity can decrease rapidly, suddenly your hyperactive toddler is a teenager who wants to stay in their room all day! So what can you do to help your child learn from an early age that fitness is not only fun, but for their own good? Let’s find out!
Recognise The Benefits Of Fitness For Children
This will give you the drive to keep pushing an active life for your child. Kids have an indescribable ability to know when you are saying something because you really believe it, and when you are saying because you think you have to! Educate yourself on the benefits of fitness for kids, and your enthusiasm and sincerity will be more than obvious. So what are the benefits? Here are just a few:
– Improves self-esteem and confidence
– Lowers blood pressure and reduces heart disease risk
– Increases mental alertness
– Builds strength in joints, working to prevent problems in later life
– Improves sleep and general health
– Promotes a sense of self-discipline and good work ethic
– Can improve communication and social skills
Teach By Example
As busy as your schedule may be, make sure that you have scheduled time for your own fitness, whether this includes the kids or is something you make time for yourself. Talk to your children about how much you enjoyed your swim, walk, fitness class. Let them know how important it is to you to keep fitness in your schedule.
Make Fitness Fun
None of us like to do something that is boring, children especially struggle in such situations! Fitness certainly doesn’t have to be boring, infact it can be lots of fun and can work to build relationships in the family aswell as spending quality time together. Why not arrange for a weekly swim session as a family, or an outdoor game at the park? Make sure you keep it regular, if the weather is too bad to go outdoors, then do something indoors.
Don’t forget to encourage other activities that your children can participate in whether it be a dance class after school or walking the pet dog. Hep them to view their Physical Education (PE Class) at school is an important part of the school timetable.
So next time your child wants to go play outside after school, perhaps you won’t be so quick to refuse their request? After all the enjoyable and healthy future for our kids can depend much on their learning the importance of fitness from an early age.