Children aren’t as active as they used to be. So if you’re worried that your little one isn’t getting enough exercise, these 10 tips may help.
1. Start by reducing how much fizzy pop they drink. It’s full of sugar and E numbers, plus has been associated with obesity, low nutrient levels, dental cavities and type 2 diabetes.
2. When it comes to food, try to avoid fatty and processed foods. The more fresh food you can prepare for your child, the better. Not only that, but get them on fruit and vegetables from an early age.
3. If you live within walking distance of school, it may be a good idea to let your children walk – either with you or friends – rather than driving them. It may just be 15 mins of exercise, but it’s there and back, and every day, which mounts up over the week.
4. Limit your children’s video game playing and encourage them to spend their leisure time outside.
5. Introduce them to sports from an early age, but don’t get pushy. They will naturally get to know different sports throughout their life, but it doesn’t hurt to let them see what’s on offer. However, parents that push their kids into sport to live out their own failed aspirations are only likely to deter the youngster from taking part.
6. Buy a house with a garden. Okay, so property is expensive, but if you are planning on a move at some point, make sure a decent back garden is on your list of criteria.
7. If your child has shown interest in a sport, then take the time to provide them with your support. By driving them to and from venues, buying the appropriate kit and cheering them on, you’ll be helping them enjoy the activity.
8. Pack the car with some cricket stumps or football and take the family to the park. By taking part in exercise with your children, you will be helping them to get fit.
9. Reduce your own TV time. Children follow their parents’ example, so by sticking the TV on the minute you walk in and not moving for the next few hours, you could be discouraging them from getting exercise without you knowing it.
10. Take your family to the gym. There are now a number of gyms in the UK that are family friendly and even provide a kids fitness club or swimming lessons. They’re designed to help children enjoy exercise and you can get fit and healthy too.
If that sounds like what you and your family needs, why not find a children’s gym in your city or town? From kids swimming lessons to fitness clubs, they’re bound to have a great time and get the exercise they need.
Total Fitness UK has kids fitness clubs all over the UK to help improve children’s fitness and health.