When it comes to raising kids, nothing could be more paramount than keeping them fit and healthy. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing, 1 in 4 Australian (aged 2-17) are considered overweight or obese. Getting the kids to get out of the house and stay active isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Even with all the technological distractions, the 21st Century brings to their lives, there are some really easy ways to entice them out of their bedrooms. Outdoor activities don’t have to break the budget either. Here you’ll find some tips to keep your child Physically Active.
Make the Backyard Great Again
Encouraging the kids to spend at least an hour of their day out in the backyard will be a lot easier if you put things out there that are both fun and geared to help them break a sweat. Think strategically about what will get their heart rate up. If your backyard has the size, and you have a couple of kids or more, you can put a soccer ball out there and get them running around. However, not every backyard or family comes in the same size. Kid’s trampolines are perfect for any size backyard and any size family. Just thirty minutes a day jumping around on a trampoline will be sure to get the heart pumping, keeping them fit and healthy. Plus, who doesn’t have fun jumping up and down on a trampoline at any age? You might even find yourself having a go on the trampoline and reminiscing about a childhood since past.
Develop a Family Fitness Routine
Kids are naturally curious about what adults get up to. If they see an adult doing something, they are likely to copy. Involve your kids in your exercise routine – they might not be old enough to start using the gym set, but they could always get into the jogging and warm-up routines with you. The importance is planting that seed into their little minds that exercise is as important as vegetables – but more fun. It also provides another opportunity for the family to spend time together and further deepen the family bond that is fundamental to a child’s development.
Get a Dog
No seriously, get a dog! According to RSPCA Queensland, there is a proven correlation between dog ownership and fitness. Dog owners tend to lead more active lifestyles because their furry friends need exercise too. Getting the kids to go for a walk might seem a chore for them, but taking the dog for a walk and hanging out with the family pooch sounds just too much fun to resist.
Get a Drone
No two kids are the same. For some kids, there is nothing “great” about the outdoors and would be much more content with a good book or something electronic to engage with. Well, who said that electronics and outdoors can’t mix? A Wifi camera drone will get them out of the house. Drone regulations will likely require them to take the drone into the field – that means one thing: they’ll need to walk or cycle there. That’s an exercise they might not even realize they are getting. A drone will mean hours of fun in the outdoors and some amazing photos and videos from the adventures their camera drone will embark on at their fingertips.
Kids Are Competitive
Kids are naturally competitive and love nothing more than to pip their peers for a prize. Use their competitive spirit for a positive outcome such as their fitness. A step-o-meter is a great way to get the kids interested in their own fitness. The only way they can win is to have more steps, watch as they try to outflank each other in a competition where there are no rules except to walk and run.
Get them into Sports Early
Sporting clubs for kids bring so many benefits beyond just exercise and fitness. Being on a sporting team will teach them good sportsmanship, mateship, teamwork, and strategy. These skills will serve them well right through adulthood. They’ll make friends, keep fit and have respect for routine. Many state and territory governments provide grants for kids to make sure that there is no financial impediment to participating in organized sports.
Get them into Nippers
Australia has a very proud tradition of supporting its surf lifesaving organizations around the nation. Part of that tradition has been generations of children getting involved as nippers. Just like sporting clubs, they will learn how to work in a team but they will develop into a strong and able swimmer while staying fit and healthy.