Statistics demonstrate that nearly half of the total children ages 10 to 20 don't exercise. A number of researches demonstrate lack of exercise and laziness as a leading cause of obesity and heart problems. Many scientists have shown that nearly 70 percent of the children obese in their teens remain obese in later stages of their life. Thus, fighting obesity at an early age and keeping your children physically active is of dire importance. Here are a number of ways that can help you to keep your children physically fit and active.
Find a fun activity:
First you must find fun activities for your children. Obviously enough, children cannot be taught by force. Nor can you make your children be active by simply telling them to do something. You have to look for some smart way out. Find out games in which your child could be interested for instance hockey, volleyball or football.
Find a mentally suitable activity:
It is necessary for the activity to be on a child's level. If you try to make your five year old play hockey, it may not work. Five year olds must be indulged in the activity like simple running or playing with a ball. Likewise football is appropriate for the children above 10 years of age.
No activity can be effective if done intermittently. Irregularity leads to laziness. No differently then you plan out your day, you must plan out your child's schedule, including physical activity.
It is also important to make sure that you have set goals for your child. Perhaps it's getting outside for 30 minutes a day. Maybe your child has a goal of running a mile. Regardless of the goal, help set and achieve them. This could be very effective in keeping your children interested.
Add milestones and incentives:
Furthermore, you can add milestones and fix incentives as well as rewards to keep the motivation level of your children high. Rewards don't have to be elaborate, it can be as simple as extra free time or getting to pick the board game for family game night.
Reduce television and computer timing:
It is very important to reduce television time for all children. The same goes for video games and computer time. Show your child how fun life can be "unplugged."
Present yourself as an active role-model:
Most important of all is to engage in activities with your children and be active. Children learn by example. So you need to present yourself as a good role model. The more active you are, the more active your child will be. Play with your children and this could be highly motivating for your children.