With the summer coming to a close, many kids will be spending more time at their desks and less time getting active. It’s important to make sure that fitness remains a priority this fall, but it definitely doesn’t have to be just another boring item on their daily to-do lists.
Check out these fun ways to encourage fitness for kids:
Sign Up for a Sport
One of the best ways to help your kids commit to fitness is to sign up for a sports league. Local YMCAs and city recreation centers are great places to find affordable activities for all ages and interests. Between practices, games, and team get-togethers, they’ll have months of exercise-based outings to look forward to this fall.
Make it a Game
If your family’s schedule is already too packed to add in weekly sporting events, there is nothing that says you can’t bring that team feeling home. From racing each other around the block to challenging your neighbors to a pick up game in the backyard, nothing gets kids moving like a little bit of friendly competition.
Some kids thrive on reward systems and need a gentle push to get up and get moving. Instead of a weekly chore chart, hang up a weekly fitness chart. Work together to set a movement goal and a small reward each week, and you may be amazed at just how much they’ll accomplish.
Join in the Fun
Parents, don’t forget to join in as much as possible. With kids, it’s definitely “monkey see, monkey do”. If you’re all having fun together, they are more likely to stick with it long-term. Working out won’t just seem like something they have to do; it will quickly become something they want to do!
Keep Mixing it Up
Variety is the spice of life. Keep trying new activities, going on new adventures, and offering up cool new rewards. The more you mix it up, the more exciting the process will be for everyone.
What you do with your children now sets the tone for a lifetime of healthy choices. The most important thing to remember is that fitness can and should be fun, especially for the smallest of exercise enthusiasts.