As a parent, most of us would already realize and understand the importance of keeping our young ones active and motivating them to take up various physical activities. These activities not only keep the kids engaged but would help build a strong foundation for the child’s healthy growth and overall development.
There is a strong influence of the physical exercise on their mental wellbeing. As per one of the research reports which I read, one in every four Australian children is obese and run the risk of suffering from Type 2 diabetes due to their weight.
There are a variety of benefits which a child derives from being active. Active kids maintain a good body posture and have their weight under control. They also have stronger bones and muscle development and are more likely to be confident in their social interactions.
In today’s time, especially with families where both the parents are working, it is a constant challenge for the parents to devote quality time and contribute to their kids’ physical activities.
Here are a few ways to engage with your young ones and help them develop a healthy habit at an early age-
Introduce them to an outdoor sport- The kids today, on an average, play only just half as much as we did during our childhood, if not even lesser. They prefer to stay indoors and are more inclined to play on their play-station or watch the television. It is important to get the kids to engage in an outdoor sport, not just to get them away from their gadgets but also to enable them to get some good physical exercise.
Add an element of fun- Rather than having a monotonous schedule, it is advisable to alternate the activities and make it more fun for the kids. There are a variety of activities to choose from – such as swimming, skating, biking or running.
Make it a habit- Whatever be the activity, it is ideal that we ear-mark a specific amount of time in their daily routine. Once the kids develop the habit of undertaking a physical activity on a regular basis, their internal resistance would go up and they would be less likely to fall sick.
Reward them- Remember to keep rewarding the kids at regular intervals, as motivation shall definitely play an important role to keep them going.
Optimise the weekends- The weekends are an important time to spend quality time with the kids. Activities such as surfing, cycling, rowing etc may be undertaken where the family can get the workout done along with the fun. The kids would be influenced and encouraged by our participation.
Remember, a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. We need to channelize the natural energy that is already present in our kids. Once we sow these seeds at their young age, and motivate them to continue it, we can be certain that it would have a definite positive impact on the overall progress of our young ones.