Children are little balls of energy, naturally. But with seemingly endless television channels, gaming devices, and social media outlets, it can be difficult to get your kids interested in being physically well. However, there are many things you can do as a family that promote physical wellness without seeming like work.
1. Go on a walk after dinner.
This is one that my parents used to have me do as a child. After dinner, just take a nice stroll around the neighborhood. It’s a great way to keep from being sluggish after your meal, and it’s also a good time to bond with your children.
2. Play hopscotch or jump rope.
Many of the activities children like to do are exercise. Suggest to your child that you go outside and play a game of hopscotch. It’ll be fun for both of you, and it’ll work your leg muscles.
3. Join a community sports team.
Many community sports teams take children of all ages and skill levels, and they often have parent volunteers as their coaches. Volunteer a little bit of your time and have your child participate in the sport. Not only is this a good way to stay active, it’s also a good opportunity to teach your child important values such as sportsmanship and being a team player.
4. Have a picnic.
If you have a park nearby, go on a family picnic. Pack a lunch and bring some games like a frisbee or a kite. If it’s a particularly nice day, you could happily play in the park for hours.
5. Do a fun run.
Many races, such as marathons and 10k races, include a portion for walkers and kids. Sign up for one and take your children. All of the excitement surrounding the race will be interesting for them, and they’ll likely contribute to a good cause, as many of these races are for charities.
6. Take a leaf out of Tom Sawyer’s book.
Often, children are reluctant to help out around the house because, well, those tasks are called “chores.” However, if you have a job you think your child should help out on, make it seem novel and exciting. Let your children help out on a project. Not only does that get them moving, but you benefit from the extra little hands, as well.