The family that gets active together, stays together. Bringing the family together for a day or an afternoon of movement is both fun and offers an opportunity to stay connected. It may not be easy with hectic lives but it’s essential to ensure a good foundation for healthy children. Still, setting a healthy example is a good start.
The American Heart Association recommends that healthy children, age 2 and older, participate in an hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Children who meet this goal will find it easier to maintain a healthy weight as they work to prevent heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Plus, you’ll be instilling great health and fitness values in your children.♥
Here are quick and easy tips to turn your family into a more active family↓
#1 PLAN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Set aside one day a weekend to do something active as a family like swimming in the summer, running or hiking in the winter, or biking in the spring and fall.
Taking along a picnic lunch and splurging on some healthy snacks after a good workout will help the day go by without a complaint.
Teaching your kids to love the outdoors at an early age will benefit them later in life as they make their own choice on activities.
#2 JOIN A TEAM
Joining a team gives children the opportunity of learning the following:
- Importance of hard work
- Building Self-Esteem
- Greater social skills
- Physical fitness
#3 SCHEDULE FAMILY PLAYTIME
Make it a weekly family engagement to have a games night. Take a walk or family game of tag after dinner each night. Teaming up with your kids is a great way to bond, especially if you happen to win. You’ll also have the opportunity to be a good sport in the event that you lose.
#4 CHOOSE TOYS WISELY
Choose toys which emphasize interaction in older children. Interactive games like jigsaw puzzle, board games and dominoes allow kids and adults to play and bond together. Give kids toys that encourage physical activity too, such as balls, kites, skateboards, hula hoops, building blocks and jump ropes.
#5 LIMIT SCREEN TIME
Although unlimited time with electronics may keep your child quiet, too much screen time isn’t good for kids. To keep your child physically and mentally healthy, establish reasonable limits on screen time. Keep TV and electronic devices out of your child’s bedroom and limit computer usage to school projects.
Experts warn that one to two hours of screen time a day should be the limit for children, but some are logging more than that amount.
So don’t let your child sit in front of the TV all day every day and don’t allow them to stay up all night playing video games.
#6 PLANT AND NURTURE A GARDEN
People of all ages can enjoy gardening, but children in particular will have lots of fun and gain special benefits.
Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:
- Love of nature
- Physical activity
- Reasoning and discovery
#7 DO HOUSEHOLD CHORES TOGETHER
Doing chores creates opportunity for parents to connect with their children. This healthy interaction is priceless, especially as children grow up and become more expressive and self-reflective.
Encourage kids to help with household maintenance by asking them to weed, mow the lawn, or plant and water vegetables.
Work together with you child. Laugh and make it fun! Treasure these memorable moments.
In the process, you will be molding men and women who can do for themselves in years to come.