Physical activity is a crucial component of your child's healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise not only helps to reduce the risk for obesity and its related health complications, but also serves to improve mood and self-esteem.
It seems, however, that with each passing generation, it becomes more challenging for parents to get kids to be active. Changes in technology, transportation, and perception of safety are all factors that contribute to inactivity.
The following are tips to help you encourage your child to stay fit and healthy:
4. Get active as a family. Try a family sport, take up hiking, or go for a bike ride together. Remember too, little things count: collect leaves, make a snowman, or skip rocks along the beach just to get everyone moving.
If children enjoy what they are doing, they're bound to stick with it. Try to emphasize fun with fitness. Children tend to model their parents, so be sure to set a good example. And remember too much structure or competitiveness can take the fun out of being active for your child. Focus on the importance of physical fitness in relation to health and make being active the most important part of the activity.
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