It can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity. iPads, video games, increasing demands of school, a feeling among some kids that they aren't good at sports, a lack of active role models and busy working families are just a few things that may keep kids from being active.
Benefits of Keeping Kids Active
First, let's talk about the benefits of keeping your kids moving. When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do. Why? Because regular exercise provides these benefits:
- Improves general health - kids who exercise regularly are sick less often
- Improves concentration, so they perform better at home and school
- Increases strength and stamina
- Controls weight
- Decreases risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Reduces stress and tension
- Makes the heart stronger
- Improves sleep
Healthy, physically active kids also are more likely to be academically motivated, alert and successful. And physical competence builds self-esteem at every age!
Tips to Encourage Kids to Be Active
Kids naturally have tons of energy and love to play and move around. Even if they're not participating in a sport, swinging from the monkey bars or climbing up a slide can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active. But in this busy time of year, when they have practically unlimited access to screens, how do you encourage kids to be active?
The three keys are:
- Fun gets it done: If they aren’t having fun, then they aren’t doing it. Period.
- Think like a kid: Make sure that whatever your kids are doing is age appropriate. It has to be at their level or they will lose interest.
- Make it easy: Give your kids plenty of opportunities to stay active. Make a plan and schedule it into their (and your) day.
Creating and keeping a sense of play in your child’s activities is what keeps them engaged and active. If they are having fun and enjoy what they are doing, then they will keep doing it. This leads to being active developing into a habit which can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Still, if your kids do have the time and the desire to be active, you may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighborhood. Where can they go? What can they do?
Sports clubs today are being challenged to provide programming and activities to engage kids of all ages. Programs like Five Seasons Fit Kids, 10 and Under Tennis, and swim teams are designed to provide fun, active alternatives to kids of all ages and athletic ability. Contact Five Seasons for a complimentary trial of any of our programs.