As a toddler, all the children are most active as a natural course of development during the early years. However, as parents, you should have the responsibility to engage them in physical activities. Young children may face challenges to perform physical activities without active role models.
With the ever-changing lifestyle and more inclination towards following the western culture, children are unable to unleash their full potential at such an early age as far as physical involvement is concerned.
Physical exercise has enormous benefits, such as being overall healthy, sound sleep at night, good stamina and great energy levels, playing in team may enhance their social participation, it may give a boost to their self-esteem, their weight remains under control, and lower likelihood of suffering from lifestyle diseases such as risk of getting a cardiovascular disease such as type 2 diabetes, obesity etc.
Let us look at the top 5 ways in which you can keep your kids active and healthy which are mentioned as follows:
1. Encourage your kids to eat healthily
The children can remain healthy only if they consume healthy nutrition-rich diet. Make sure that whatever they choose to eat is absolutely healthy for their body. Rather than scolding your kids all the time and pushing them in a boring way to eat healthily, you may adopt novel ways that may sound fun to them.
You can prepare the list of vegetables, fruits and other nutrient-rich supplements in a creative way. It may include putting colourful pictures of food products. You may share the potential benefits of each item mentioned in your shopping list so that your children get convinced. While going for shopping on grocery stores, you must take your kids along with you and give them a charge to shop the items listed.
2. Be an active role model for your kids
As kids start growing, their interests and choices undergo huge changes. Not many children continue liking sports hence, it may become hard for you to motivate them to go and play for an hour in the park or outside with friends.
So, why don’t you make a step by getting everyone in the family involved in any game that you want your child to play? Be your child’s companion, be it in walking, running, playing any sport or exercising such as jumping, skipping, sit-ups, etc.
3. Set a time limit for watching screen
We are surrounded by technological gadgets all the time be it our televisions, mobile phones or tablets. And when your kids will be engaged in using all these gadgets, they will surely get away from acquiring healthy habits such as exercising, meditation, etc. hence, being a parent, you should cut down the time duration of bringing on screens for your kids.
For instance, you may eat all the meals together, playing video games together as family time, engaging your kids in volunteering, etc.
4. Enhance the emotional as well as mental well being of your kids
It is very important for the healthy growth and development of your child that they should possess considerably good self-esteem and great self-confidence. These positive qualities will help your child in coping with stress and other adverse situations in life. It will also inculcate independence in your children and make them more adventurous.
You may involve your children in good habits such as watering plants and making them contribute towards fixing the things in the house, teaching them how to make a healthy meal which is easier for them to make, help them in making decisions regarding their apparels in daily life.
5. Organize competitions for your child
Competitiveness can be inculcated in your child if you make an effort to organize the healthy competitions for your child in the community or the society where you are residing. It may include racing challenge, fun activities such as juggling competition, lemon spoon race, hit the right target etc. This may motivate your child to participate in a healthy activity and learn more to perform better.
Hence, these are the top 5 ways in which you can make your kids active and healthy. You can adopt more unique and creative ways to improve their engagement in physical activities.