It’s no secret that childhood obesity is a growing pandemic in America.
Blame it on bad parenting; blame it on video games; blame it on the technology age. Whatever you wanna blame it on, go ahead – it’s nothing more than a steaming pile of shit. Children need proper guidance and role models in the early stages of their lives, and keeping kids in shape is not to be overlooked.
Kids can play games and play on their tablets and XBox and what-have-you, but proper nutrition and physical activity should not be optional- it should be mandatory!
But in any case, this is not a “discipline your children” article. This is meant to be a sort of “manual” to help parents and / or guardians to get their kiddies in the right direction in terms of health and fitness.
Overly sensitive parents – please don’t take this too personally if your child is overweight and we are being slightly crude here. Trust us, it’s for the greater good, and in your best interests to pay attention to what Gone Liftin’ preaches!
5 Ideas for Getting Your Children into Psychical Fitness
Mostly all kids (and even most adults) love video games whether consoles or on the PC. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with kickin’ back and chillaxin’ on the couch and killin’ some zombies or attacking and dominating some weak-ass civilizations.
But there comes a time when the parent or guardian needs to step in and tell the kid what to do. Kids will spend countless hours playing games or messing with their tablets or watching TV or whatever is relaxing to them.
What kid wants to do physical activity? Only 1 out of 10 kids actually like gym class, so how is home life any different? It isn’t! Hence why parents need to take an active step to ensure their children are not full out couch potatoes.
Below are 5 easy and concise tips to keep your children active and to prevent childhood obesity from becoming an issue. This article highlights those steps well, and so will we…
1. Schedule Outdoor Playtime
Sometimes it is important to tell your child to go outside and play. Play sports, run with the dog, play with the neighborhood kids, etc. Whatever gets them out of the house will suffice.
…make sure that you block out some time for play that includes getting outdoors and engaging in some physical activity. If you let them have their druthers they might spend all day texting their friends or playing video games. Instead, take their electronics, shove them outside, and see what happens.
This is a biggie! Take command and don’t ask your child if he / she wants to play outside, but rather suggest it in a way where there is little option of opposition.
2. Engange in Family Fitness
Good advice! If you make your child be physically active, they may just develop a habit of keeping so. What better way to be active than to do it with the whole family? Lead by example!
By engaging in fitness activities with your kids, such as kicking around a soccer ball, walking to the park to play on the jungle gym, or swimming at the local pool, you can show them that fitness is fun. As a bonus, you’ll get to spend some quality time with your kids and the whole family can get healthier together.
3. Hike and Bike Instead of Driving
This one seems simple enough. It’s often overlooked by children and adults alike, even though it’s a simple lifestyle change that provides great benefits.
Instead of driving 2 blocks to the local supermarket or convenience store, walk there! Instead of driving to the park, bike there! Very simple – very effective!
…consider leaving the car at home when you run local errands. Instead, walk to your destinations or haul bikes out of the garage for outings to the grocery store or farmers market, the movie theater, or even your kids’ after school activities.
4. Try Out Sports League
Kids and sports really go hand-in-hand. Kids love playing sports with their cohorts, and it gives them a sense of comradery and brotherhood. It’s a great idea to involve your child in a sports league of their choosing. The benefits will certainly pay off in the long run.
Kids may be more inclined to participate in physical fitness if their friends are involved, so think about signing them up for area sports leagues. This could include activities like softball, football, basketball, and hockey, or you might enroll them in swimming lessons or gymnastics classes at your local YMCA.
5. Reward Active Behavior
Obviously children prefer to do things not just involving physical activities. You can’t expect children to make physical fitness a prioritizing lifestyle like adults can (though some do), so make sure and reward their efforts accordingly!
In this case you can use their preferred pursuits as dangling carrots. If they want to watch a show, for example, they’ll have to spend some time in the play yard first. Or if they agree to take swimming lessons they can have a sleepover with friends or get a cell phone for texting purposes. Of course you want them to enjoy fitness, and over time they might learn to. But in the beginning you may have to tempt them, and non-food rewards are the way to go.
There it is for you, parents. A list to start things off with your getting your child into the wonders of physical fitness!