How-to: keep your kids fit
Childhood obesity is becoming more than just an issue in Australia; it’s an epidemic. With the rise of technology, kids now have even more reasons to avoid activity – but being sedentary can have serious consequences, including increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and lifestyle-related diseases. So if your kids are glued to the games controller, it’s time to hide the remote and get them moving. Here’s how to give your kids exercise, the fun way.
Make it a game
Exercise doesn’t have to involve long and arduous drill sessions. Any activity involving vigorous physical activity can be an exercise – so why not make a game out of it? Set up an obstacle course in your backyard, or devise a treasure hunt that’s timed – so they have to move really fast to find the hidden treasure! You can also try fun things like relay races, skipping and dancing.
There’s nothing worse than the old ‘do as I say, not as I do’ adage - so get involved in your kids health. Schedule a weekly family game of soccer down the local park or hold family fun days on weekends with lots of fun physical activities like sack races and tug-of-war.
Make it a routine
Fitness for children is only effective when it’s regular, so set aside time every day for your kids to get active. Go bike riding together every day after school or shoot some baskets on Saturday mornings with your kids at the local courts.
Sign your children up to a sporting club – it’s not only a great way to get them to do kids exercises, it’s also an opportunity for them to make friends and learn to work as a team.