Recent studies on children’s health and fitness levels make disturbing reading. On an average, one in six children is obese, and only one in three boys and one in four girls engage in the recommended hour of exercise per day. Here’s what you can do to get your kids exercising:
– One of the best things a parent can do is to lead by example. If you follow a sedentary lifestyle, and are prefer to slouch in front of the TV than go for an evening walk, your children are likely to do the same. Next time your kids complain they feel bored, don’t plug in a games console. Instead, suggest a walk, or a run, or a bike ride, or kicking a football around the local park.
– Loads of organised activities are available for children that are great fun and can improve their confidence as well as their health and fitness. All children are different, so don’t push them into something you think is best. Let them choose what sport or pastime they want to do and they’re more likely to keep it up.
– Check what’s available in your area, such as football, athletics, a karate club or dance classes. By taking an interest and encouraging participation in healthy activities, you can help to ensure your child gets the hour’s daily exercise they need. It may even improve your own fitness levels!