Kids nowadays are more enthralled with gadgets and technology. A child needs to play. They need to be active which is why it is important that physical activity is part of their daily routine. It is not only fun, but it is also healthy. If you have noticed that they start to lose interest in other activities aside from spending time with their cellphones and gadgets, then it is time for you to do something quickly. 

Your Kids and the Outdoors

Health experts recommend that a child between ages 5 and 12 should spend at least 60 minutes of their time playing outside. If they want to play up to several hours outside each day, let them because it can greatly benefit them. They can do a combination of moderate to vigorous activities. 

Benefits of Physical Activities on Children

For kids to be interested in physical activities, you should set as an example. How can you expect your child to like playing when you yourself are not a fan of going outdoors? Here are the benefits of regular physical activity for your children:

  • Improved heart and lung health.
  • Better posture and balance.
  • Regular sleep patterns.
  • Weight maintenance.
  • Boost their confidence and self-esteem.
  • Stronger muscles and bones.
  • Skills and intellectual development.
  • Better opportunities to enhance their social skills.

Physical Activities

Be A Good Example, Your Child Learns From You!

As a parent, you need to encourage your kids to be active. Find time to set and schedule Always remember that children learn by example. According to research, a parent’s involvement in physical activities can also increase their child’s participation. You can start by setting a good example. Show your child that you too join physical activities. Aside from that, here are additional tips that can help you encourage your child to be physically active:

  • Respect Their Choices. Do not force a child to do an activity that he or she is not comfortable with doing. Allow them to explore and find their own interests, especially in sports. For example, if you love playing badminton and they show interest in the sport, then go ahead and teach them. But if they don’t let them find their own sport.
  • Accept Their Ability Levels And Promote Acceptance. Not every child is the same. If your kid feels inferior because he is not as strong or as active as his peers, do not discourage them. Accept their differences and encourage acceptance. Support them all the way until they find their own courage and confidence.
  • Restrict Screen Time. This does not only apply to their cellphones and tablets. Screen time can also mean television time. Limit their viewing programs to what the entire family wants to watch. Surfing the internet, television, and computer games should only be limited to less than 2 hours per day.

With Physical Activities, Start Them Young!

As soon as your child starts walking and running, introduce different sports appropriate to their age. Remember that good habits should start early. A young child will always have an active mind. So whenever possible, always indulge your kids. A simple time in the backyard kicking ball around with them is a good start.