Getting Your Child In Shape: Fitness
In this country, childhood obesity is a growing problem. We know what the problems are, but it’s hard for us to start dealing with them. That’s why we need to take the time to help our children start living more fit lives. As their parents, it’s our responsibility. If you want to help your child get more active, use the following tips.
Tip: A personal trainer is a good idea when you are new and clueless to working out. A professional trainer will help you set your workout goals and areas that need addressing; he or she will also make recommendations for a workout routine.
Be a good role model. This is fairly self-explanatory. When you’re a good role model, you’re someone that your child looks up to and emulates. If you spend all day lazing around, so will your child. Show your child that a full life involves action and being fit by doing it yourself, not by merely telling.
Tip: Keep your workout routines interesting by changing it up occasionally. If someone usually uses a treadmill, they can easily run around their neighborhood.
Put your child into a sport. Sports can be a great way for your kids to learn about teams, and they are a great way to keep active. Not only that, but kids who play sports are usually more suited for CEO positions when they get jobs. With all those positives, why wouldn’t you want your child to be into sports!
Tip: To reduce injury risk, make sure you walk properly. Always maintain an upright position with your shoulders held back.
Help your child to be healthy. Instead of approaching it from a perspective of not being able to eat things that taste sugary and delicious, approach it from a different angle. Help your child understand that food is fuel for our bodies, and while something might taste good, it could be very bad for our bodies. Involve them in making meals and that will help them to be more appreciative of the healthy foods you want to feed them.
Tip: You can keep your metabolism up and stay motivated by doing light exercise while watching TV. There are several exercises that can be done right in front of the TV without any thought including walking in place, jumping jacks or sit-ups.
Take your child on walks. This can be a wonderful way to explore nature and to get out of the house. It doesn’t have to feel like exercise, even though it is. You can go on scavenger hunts, or try to find exotic creatures; anything, as long as it’s fun!
Tip: Maintain a fitness log detailing your fitness activities for the day. Make a note of which exercises you did, including the inadvertent workouts you were sure to get during the day.
Go to the park with your kids. This is another way to spend time outside of the house, but you can race with your kids, you can play all kinds of games out in the open space. Try playing catch or basketball, or just run around playing tag with them.
Tip: Create a schedule if you can’t stick to exercising frequently. Set a number of days during the week that you will work out, and stick to that number.
Encourage your child to set fitness goals. They don’t have to necessarily worry too much about losing weight per se, but they can make a commitment to do more walking, or to spend less time in front of the computer. This can be a great way for you to guide them toward certain goals, while monitoring them for their own ideas.
Tip: Get quicker results by completing your exercise regimen in 10% less time than you usually do. As your muscles work harder, your endurance will improve.
Lastly, don’t worry. Don’t push them so far that they don’t like being fit or eating right. Do it slowly, bit by bit, and they’ll respond. Just make sure you know that you’re doing the right thing and that adjustments can take time.
Now that you know how to get your child up and moving, it’s your responsibility to do it. Get your child off the couch and don’t let him or her become another obese child in this country. You can both get fit together.