With fewer children playing sports regularly, parents get anxious about reversing this trend. Come summer holidays and children will find it difficult to find time during term time for physical fitness. Still, it needs to be done.
Benefits of physical fitness for kids:
- Physical fitness helps prevent the onset of chronic disease.
- Children learn to focus better, so they learn faster.
- Kids’ mental acuity also improves, so they handle stress better.
- It keeps kids from become obese.
How parents can help kids exercise:
Involving parents in this exercise is the key to kids becoming more physically active. The presence of their parents spurs kids to go for a walk, run or play basketball or kick a ball. When parents go out with their children, the little ones are challenged to walk more or take the stairs.
Here are some family activities that can help kids become more physically active:
1. Go for a walk or bike ride with the family:
Build a walk into your daily schedule either before dinner or after so that it can be a family activity. By choosing quiet paths, you can enjoy the solitude and chatter away as you go ahead.
2. Let your kids join up to play a sport:
Perhaps, your kids like to go biking, running or are keen to learn gymnastics, karate or dance. Enroll them in the sport they want to learn so that they get some physical activity every day.
3. Set aside a family day every week:
If you all like a particular sport, why not play as a family. The weekend seems ideal for this, as everyone will be free for it. Choose whether you would like to go swimming, hiking or biking.
4. Include physical activity into your daily chores:
This can be done by taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Alternatively, your kids and you can do small bursts of exercise during TV commercials.
5. Walk or run for a cause:
Perhaps, there is a run for a cause being organized in your neighbourhood. Your entire family can participate in it–if not to walk or run, at least as a bystander or kids’ race.
6. Get together for gardening:
Get your beds ready for the next season. Ask your kids to dig up the soil and turn it over so that you can plant seasonal bulbs. Gardening is a great exercise for everyone as it is a form of weight training. By planting different coloured flowers and plants, your kids can be motivated to indulge in gardening regularly.
How teachers can help:
Posters and pictures:
Put up posters and pictures of good exercise postures where it is possible for kids to do them, as in hallways and bus stands.
Develop activities around students’ interests:
Once you know your students’ interests, you can build team sports into your physical exercise education. So, if they like to dance or play with the hoola hoop, build this into your teaching.
To sum up
Building exercise into a child’s daily routine only requires an honest will and a reorganization of your time. The rest will flow naturally.