How to Make Exercising Fun for Your Child
You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of exercise for your child. But you may be wondering how to help your child exercise when you’re competing with the TV and video games that he loves so much.
You can make exercise fun for your child. Here are a few simple ideas to get you started:
Play Games. While you may be used to the idea of structured exercise, kids don’t need to hit the gym. Instead, try playing games with your kids that will allow them to get their heart rates up and their muscles moving.
Playing Frisbee, basketball, soccer, tag, duck duck goose, or ring around the rosy can be just as effective as a structured workout would be. Even better, your kids won’t know they’re exercising. They’ll just be having fun.
Encourage Outdoor Play. When your kids play outside, they’ll naturally exert more energy. You may be able to allow your child to play in the backyard or in the neighborhood.
If this isn’t an option for you, make it a point to take your child to the local park. It can be even more fun if you allow your child to bring a friend or two. Water play can also be a great way to get physical activity into your child’s day.
If you have a swimming pool available, encourage your child to go swimming (supervised, of course). If a pool isn’t available, try turning on the sprinkler in the yard and letting your child run around in it.
Active Video Games. Some video game manufacturers are working to help kids get off the couch and on their feet. Games like Dance Dance Revolution encourage your child to move while having fun at the same time.
While it’s important for your child to get daily activity, it’s also important that you help your child develop lifelong habits. When you help your child to understand that exercise can be fun, you’ll encourage him to keep doing it.