The shift from winter to spring (and eventually summer!) has us all feeling the pull to get outside and soak up the warm sunshine and fresh air. It’s the perfect time of year to build good habits with your family, so everyone (especially little ones) can absorb the positive benefits of a healthy lifestyle that also feels natural and fun.
Regular physical activity helps children develop stronger bones, improve cardiorespiratory fitness, reduce anxiety, and decrease heart conditions. Children who have purposeful exercise daily are better able to manage physical and emotional challenges too. We’re hoping our tips inspire you and your child to embrace the joys of an active lifestyle. Let’s jump right into it!
Try introducing new practices that fit into your current lifestyle. There’s no need to implement all new behaviors. Doing so may feel overwhelming. Instead, stick with one action-oriented task, such as taking a family walk with the dog after dinner. As everyone becomes comfortable, increase the frequency.
As parents with busy family schedules, the days can get away from us quickly. That’s why it’s important to carve out time to be active with your child. Speak with them about their favorite activities, then plan a time to complete one of them later that same day. It can be as simple as doing yoga together, jumping rope, or even setting aside time dedicated to getting the wiggles out. Try filling a jar with a list of your ideas for easy pick options.
When the whole family tries things together it can be motivating and encouraging. You are the best role model for your child. If they see you committing to new habits, they’ll want to replicate that behavior. Here’s a list of some ideas to try as you work to incorporate more movement:
What else would you add or try? Remember, there’s no perfect system. Just do what works best for you and your family. The joy of experiencing new things together may even lead to a new favorite activity and a greater quality of life. Try to follow the fun and you’ll naturally lead a more active lifestyle with improved mental and physical strength.