How do I Fit in Exercise to My Child’s Lifestyle?
Your kids might have adjusted to a particular lifestyle that does not incorporate any or enough physical activities. When that is, and especially when you do not live a very physically active lifestyle, it seems very difficult and near impossible to fit physical exercises into your child’s lifestyle.
But I feel a better understanding of the areas and steps to incorporate these activities into the normal daily routine of your kids.
There are three (3) major areas of kids’ fitness to ensure all round kids fitness, and these are – strength, endurance (stamina) and flexibility. And all these three can be achieved by keeping up with the American Heart Association and Centre for Disease control recommended 60 minutes of physical exercise for your child.
The daily exercise should incorporate exercises to cover the three core areas of child fitness.
Strengthening exercises to fit in include – running, climbing, push ups, sit ups, pull ups, light weight lifting, wrestling with friends and other strength demanding exercises.
Stamina exercises to fit in include – base ball, lawn tennis, basketball, football, soccer, running, swimming, biking, dodge ball and other team and rule bound games.
Exercises for flexibility include dance, stretching, gymnastics, swimming, aerobics, yoga.
Building and keeping kid fitness should not be an uphill task, but a fun part of daily living, and also a means to create and strengthen parent – child bond. This is the first and major way to incorporating physical exercises into your child’s routine.
Understand the purpose and intention of incorporating the physical activities into your child’s routine and lifestyle.
Have a set out plan for your child (and yourself) to engage in some of the above stated exercises.
Alternate some of the exercises with the same effect, such as taking stretching for flexibility in one week, and alter some of the stretching techniques for about a week. The next week, change from stretching to dance for flexibility. The same process goes for all the other two core areas of total child fitness. Variety is the rule of the game here.
Introduce rewards and other forms of encouragements for every achievement set and achieved by your child.
Bring in other people that your child loves and respect within and outside the family.
From time to time, set out family challenge between you, your kids and other friends’ family.
Map out a set time frame within the day that would be convenient for your child (and possibly you) to engage in the physical exercises.
You can also incorporate things that you and your child have passion for, and especially if it is an area of talent, such as music – can be incorporated into the dance session, swimming session, and any other activity you deem fit.
You can also register your kids and teenagers for fitness camps and other summer camps that can encourage physical activities during long vacations.
Your family can also go out for summer camps (and other vacation camps) with the intention of having fun and keeping fit, with relevant accessories and equipments to keep fit.
I understand that the idea of getting your kids to hit and maintain the one hour mark of physical activity can be scary or even intimidating, but I have a tip that I’m sure will work when properly applied. And that is the use of Activity trackers and Fitness trackers.