Getting your kids involved with fitness early on can affect their health for life! Read more to find out how:
By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click Here to Find Me on Facebook
You work hard trying to make positive food and exercise choices so that you can be around for many years for your children. But what about your kids? Is it high on their priority list to worry about “being around” for you? They live care free, day by day, learning right and wrong from you! Don’t you want to rest easy at night, knowing you educated them on the right and wrong way to live a happy and healthy life? Read below to learn why educating your kids on fitness and health at an early age should be a top priority!
1. To help them gain confidence!
In my opinion, one of the saddest things in world is when young children are made fun of due to a disability or their size. In reality, some children are so over weight it causes them to have disabilities in their youth, which can carry on into adulthood. Children only know what they are taught. They don’t understand that what they eat and how active they are has a huge effect on the way they look and feel. And we all know how mean kids can be – poking fun at the overweight kid because he/she is “different”. Don’t be the cause of your child’s lack of confidence. You have the ability to control their eating habits and activity levels during the impressionable years. For that reason, YOU take charge and show your child how to be confident in their skin.
2. To teach them about “healthy competition”!
One of my favorite things to do as a trainer is work the 2 on 1 sessions. Those are the training sessions where it’s just me getting to work out two clients together. Why are those my favorite? Because it makes them both work harder than they would if they were by themselves! By competing with your kids in active family games or competitions on the basketball court, tennis courts or even just the backyard, you are instilling in them early on that physical activity is a fun way to spend time with the ones you love. When they look back on their younger years, do you really want your kids to only remember your time together being on the couch playing video games while eating a bag of chips? That was a rhetorical question. OF COURSE YOU DON’T WANT THAT! Take the time to be active with your kids. Turn physical activities into a fun and exciting competition for them!
3. To support their development!
I don’t just mean physical development. Although, fitness filled lifestyles promote incredible strength levels when children are active in their youth. But what I am referring to is actually their mental development! Studies have shown that children who play outside and are socially involved with recreational sports and competition grow to be much more socially aware and mentally sharp adults-in comparison to those children who sit in front of a television or computer screen all day. Fitness filled lifestyles help release endorphins in our brains to keep us mentally healthy and happy. Those endorphins are released much, much less when we aren’t active. Keep your children pumped full of endorphins! Keep them happy, fit and healthy!
You can change the course of your child’s health with just a little guidance, support and leadership. Don’t you want to go out and play with them now? Go ahead! Get off your cellphone, laptop or tablet and take your kids somewhere fun so you can both make active memories fueled by fitness!