Sometimes it can be tough for parents to motivate kids to exercise. It's becoming more and more important everyday that children get the exercise they need. Kids can be hesitant about traditional exercise routines that to them may seem boring or just too hard.
Motivate your kids to exercise using these 4 creative ideas and share some of your own!
Teach them a sport they enjoy
- Your child may not be into soccer, or maybe you don’t want him or her to play football. Just because they aren’t in to the big “traditional” sports that many kids play doesn’t mean you can’t get them excited about something else.
- Think outside the box! Take your child to your gym after school and teach them racquetball. If the rules are too complex, invent some new rules that get your kid running from wall to wall.
- They won’t even realize they’re exercising, and you’ll enjoy a little more peace and quiet when they’re so tired that they fall asleep at 7 p.m.!
- There may not be a better way to disguise true exercise than enrolling your children in a gymnastics class. You can most likely find gymnastic classes for children all over your city for a variety of different skills and ages. Your kids will love it!
- Whether they’re running and leaping into a giant foam pit or doing all kinds of crazy stretching, your kids will get home from gymnastics class and won’t want to wait to get back.
- Even better, enroll them in a class with a friend! Then, you and a friend can go grab a coffee for an hour while you wait for class to finish. That is a serious win-win situation.
- This one is great on all fronts! Take your kids to the morning or evening walk. You and your kids will be getting a great upper body workout while enjoying a beautiful setting.
- Better yet, challenge your children to a quick race from shore to shore. Let them win, and they may even want to race you back. So mix it up week to week to keep you and your kids in great shape.
- Make one day a week a “biking day” for you and your kids. Find a new road or trail each week, and vow to never miss a single day.
- Biking is an incredible workout for people of all ages, and it’s a known fact that kids love to bike! Try increasing the distance of the ride by a half-mile or 10 minutes each week.
- Your kids probably won’t notice, and you may even surprise yourself with how far you can ride. Just make sure everybody in your family is wearing a helmet.