Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How to Get Your Kids to Exercise

With so many distractions for kids not to exercise, from video games to computers, the fattening of America is taking place at an ever increasing pace. Kids are heavier and more unfit than any other time in our history.
Children need to accumulate at least 30-60 minutes of moderate activity each day. However, it’s estimated that only one in three American children participate in daily physical activity. About one-fourth of young people from the ages of 12 to 21 are not getting any vigorous exercise at all.
You may be asking…what is the secret to getting my kids to be more active? It’s you mom and dad. Everyone has heard the saying, “The family that prays together stays together”, the same can be said for exercise, “The family that plays together stays fit together.” One of the best ways to increase the overall fitness of you and your family is by exercising together. Choose fun activities such as tag, hide-and seek, kick-ball and other active running games.  Having variety in your activities is the key to keeping all family members enjoying exercise. Make it fun! Let the kids imaginations determine the game.  Motivation comes through your example, creative activities, and persistence. Physical activity sessions do not need to last longer than 30-60 minutes but should be scheduled on a regular basis.
In my experience working with children, those who get the appropriate amount of daily exercise also enjoy the ability to sleep better, reduce stress levels and are happier.  Remember as you take the lead in your children’s activity level you will get the same great benefits and much more.