Encouraging children in a healthy lifestyle should be the main priority for each and every loving parent. However, if you believe that you want to have fit and trim children, then you need to be fit and trim yourself. Research has proven that family environment is one of the main predictors of childhood obesity. A study showed that children that came from inactive parents had the tendency to put on weight and get to the stage of being overweight than those children with active parents. Although it might seem that some of the recommendations in this article are easy and not necessarily considered exercise, however, it is good to note that everyone burns more calories standing than sitting and moving that standing.
Go On A Treasure Hunt
This is a great tool or games, whatever you call it to get your children engaged and keep fit in the process, it also teaching them teamwork, trust and solving problems simultaneously. Visit a local park and lay out an expedition course on a map of the park, encircle a variety of checkpoints. The leader of the team can be switched at each checkpoint, allowing each person to lead to another destination. Begin with easy and simple courses in the open park and then as they become better the family can move on to a trail system. The family could remain together on a trail and look for the secret treasure, study map clues and explore terrain features, if this sounds to complicates, just go on bug hunt, or hunting for animals or foraging for flowers.
Plan Ten Minute Spurts Of Activity
The family can plan ten minute spurts of physical activity and then follow that on with five minute rest periods. Reminder here not to force your adult exercise routine onto the children, as this becomes a recipe for disaster, unless they asked for it and are really fit. Research published in the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine display that attempting to force children into participating in structured exercise backfires later in life and the child is turned off from the exercising. Rather, take advantage of the child’s natural propensity to participate in sporadic play. An excellent example is a game of tag. The bodies of children are designed to have bursts of energy and then rest, and then repeat. Due to the fact that they are easily distracted and does not have the ability to focus for prolonged periods and would reject extended exercise which does not have any rest periods.
Spend About An Hour Completing Yard Work Together
Spreading out mulch, pulling up weeds and raking leaves will all add up to building endurance and strength. In addition, when the children lean they assistance, it does not feel as much as a chore and does not take as long, well that relies on the age of the children. There are several options for making yard work more interested for children, for example, when the raking of the leaves have been completed, they get to jump in them.
Go On A Hike At Least Twice A Month
Load up your backpack, with a lot of water, as each individual should be drinking roughly eight ounces each half hour, plus a light lunch and first aid kit and be on your way to the favorite or nearest hiking trail. Do not forget your insect repellent and sunscreen; select the appropriate shoes for the terrain, such as sneakers for smoother trails and hiking boots for rocky roads. For some children this might have to be themed, such as adventure looking for particular animals or bird for example, or collecting rocks without touching the ground or having to climb in order to get a view of a pond or lake. Children have a tendency of enjoying hiking much more when they do not realize that it is about hiking.
Dance During Commercial Breaks
This can become a rule while the family watches television that everyone stands up and starts to dance until the commercial ends. The punishment for anyone found not dancing would have to complete their least favorite chore for a week on their own.
Try A Family Friendly Game Of Flag Football
You can utilize two different colors of table napkins. The family will have to be divided into two teams and each individual would have to place a napkin into their waistband. As the rules goes, when the napkin from the person with the ball is pulled and placed on the ground, that particular play ends. Switch positions during intervals so that the entire family is active during the game. This will not only get the family going and get some fitness in, but it will also teachable moments for your children about the value of perseverance, practice, teamwork and cooperation.
Place Small Children On the Floor
Small children should be placed on the floor in the house at least once each day and allowed to move, crawl and toddle. It is inherent in children to be active, especially when the opportunity to move has been afforded. Although this is true, many parents tend to confine the children and prohibit them from getting the same exercise that they really require, such as placing them in portable car seats or swings, so that the parent can get some needed free time. For crawlers and toddlers, find a safe place on the floor where they can be placed and allowed to roam. Older children could be allowed to run around in the backyard or climb a small tree as you do your own thing for a short while.