As you know, some people are more into sports and exercise than others. While adults, who hate exercise, often force themselves into the gym, kids aren’t so responsible. If you’ve got a kid, who simply isn’t that into sports, you might be getting yourself into a panic about it. Take my advice and relax about it! There are a plenty of ways you can encourage your kids to get more into exercise.
1. Set an Example
Kids may not understand certain things about life. But, they’re not stupid. Most of them will recognize hypocrisy when they see it! A great way to start getting your kids into exercise is by setting a good example. Don’t worry. You don’t have to hit the gym three times a day. But, you should have some kind of visible exercise regime. When your kids get used to seeing you do an activity and having fun, they’ll naturally want to join in!
2. Make it Social
This could be just as effective for getting yourself exercising more! No one likes working out on their own. Most people feel much better about attending some kind of exercise when they have someone they’ll know there. I’m sure you know some parents, who are just as keen to get their kids active as you are. You may even want to organize a tournament. Most kids will love the prospect of winning shiny trophies!
3. Maintain a Good Variety
This is perhaps the most important tip to follow when trying to get your kids moving. Anyone, who does the same thing over and over again for too long will grow tired of it. Kids aren’t any different. So, change things up a bit. Here are a few suggestions you might like. If you’re lucky, your kid might find a sport they’re passionate about and stick to it. Until then though, keep taking them out to get little tastes.
4. Offer an Incentive
Even the most stubborn of children can be fickle when it comes to certain things. They may stick their tongue out at the idea of sports now. However, if you dangle the right incentive in front of them, you’ll be amazed at what they do! You might want to get them some new sportswear, or set up a chart system with a big reward at the end.
5. Don’t Give Up!
A doctor once said that if exercise could be given in the pill, it would be the most popular pharmaceutical in history. You can see how important it is just from that! The point is, don’t let your kid slip out of their good habit once it’s there. A lot of parents raise little athletes through the summer and give up as soon as the winter starts getting cold. As tough as it may be, don’t give up on getting your kids to be active!
There you have my best tips for getting your kids to be more active. No matter how hostile they are to the idea, keep at it! They’ll thank you when they’re older.