As a parent, there are many important lessons that you must teach your children throughout their lives. For example, you’ll be there when they take their first few shaky steps or sound out their first word. However, it’s also important that you encourage them to follow a healthy lifestyle – whether that relates to healthy, balanced eating, or exercise. In fact, encouraging your children to exercise regularly has many benefits. For example, it can:
- Boost your child’s confidence
- Help your child develop their social skills
- Improve their overall fitness
- Enhance their ability to work as part of a team
- Improve their balance and hand-eye coordination
- Broaden their horizons
- Develop their ability to concentrate
- Provide them with a healthy outlet for stress and frustration
However, while your children may seem to operate on a consistent stream of energy – there may be times when they do not feel all that excited about exercise. With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to get your kids excited about exercise.
Don’t put pressure on them
Whether your child is part of a sports team or participates in a solo sport such as running – the quickest way to drain all the fun out of exercise is by putting too much pressure on them. For example, even if your child enjoys competing, you should ensure that their main focus when it comes to exercise is always to have fun and feel good – and anything else that may come along with that is just a bonus. By taking the competition and pressure out of sports, your child will naturally feel more comfortable and excited about exercise.
Watch sports together
Another great way in which you can go about helping your child feel excited about exercising is by watching sports together. For example, if they are a big fan of rugby and want to pursue it further – you could watch an All Blacks rugby game together – whether you stream the match online or attend an in-person game. Seeing talented professionals in action (and having fun) is a great way to inspire your kids.
Children often emulate the behaviour of the adults around them – so demonstrating your own commitment to exercise is a great way to ensure that they develop healthy habits. As a result, you could get them excited about exercise by working out together. For example, you could go for a family walk or hike once a week – and challenge yourself to increase the distance slightly each time.
Encourage them to try new things
As we grow older, our hobbies and passions grow alongside us. This means that a sport or activity that your child once enjoyed can quickly become a chore, especially if they begin to view it as a duty rather than a chance to have fun. As a result, you should always encourage your child to try new things and step outside their comfort zone. For example, you could encourage them to try out for different sports teams at their school.