If you think, physical fitness is only for adults than you are wrong. Like everything else, seeking fitness is a gradual process. A child, physically active from a young age will have better odds of maintaining the physical fitness over the period. Numerous times, as a child specialist, I come across parents who think it is too early to force their child to develop fitness habits. A majority of them just do not want to force their child towards a fitness regime. They are wrong. Like you send your child to a preschool to ensure a smooth transition from home to an educational institute. Similarly, an early fitness habit will stay a lifetime with your child. Nevertheless, with kids, parents have to show a lot of patience and smart skills to encourage them to achieve fitness. Here are some tips that can help you encourage your child to seek fitness.
Tip#1: Start Slowly
The trick is to start gently. If you push your child excessively, it will be likely that you will scare him away. A gradual approach is the best philosophy. This way, you can encourage your child; while at the same time build a long lasting support. A child who is not into too many physical activities will be more prone to burn out. Therefore, the key is to be slow, but steady. Additionally, make a fixed routine and keep track of your child’s physical activity. Setting small and achievable goals for a child will be more effective than preparing long-term plans. Moreover, these small achievements will boost your child’s morale considerably.
Tip#2: A healthy Lifestyle
The external appearance of a child can lead you to believe that they are fit. However, from inside a child may be unfit. It is important to build a healthy lifestyle from a young age. Conversely, a healthy lifestyle does not mean that you force your child to eat healthy food all the time. A couple of cheat meals (junk food) here and there will not harm your child in any way. The point is to encourage your child naturally to develop a healthy lifestyle. Do not force them to develop healthy eating habits. Make physical activity part of their daily routine. A child with a healthy lifestyle will be less prone to cardiovascular diseases at the later stage of their life.
Tip#3: Keep track of their TV time
TV is a technology that can be a blessing in disguise. If used wisely, this can be an effective tool. However, kids are more likely to use this entertainment tool as a bad habit. Rather, ration your child’s screen time and ensure that it is followed by a physical activity. Sitting for long hours in front of TV will not help your child in any way. This fitness-oriented approach to TV time may motivate your child to follow a healthy routine. In addition to this, outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and bird watching can be used to help your child control screen time. For instance, if your child likes physical activities like martial arts, dancing, or gymnastics; get them enrolled in a class.
Tip#4: Don’t Force Exercise on Your Child
These should be a part of your child’s healthy routine. Do not make them a sort of punishment for your child. It will have a negative impact on your child’s psyche and force them to develop bad habits. As a parent, you have to be aware of your child’s ever changing needs. Keep track of their demands and ensure that they take working out as a healthy part of their routine. Building your child’s confidence and body awareness is a time consuming process. Practice and patience is the key. So, encourage them and do not make sudden changes to their fitness routine.
Tip#5: Be a Role Model
A child looks up to his/her parents the most. If you develop a healthy lifestyle yourself, your child will be positively influenced by this. If you are a couch potato, then do not expect your child to become physically active. Share your enthusiasm about fitness with your child and motivate them to develop healthy habits. Always remember that your child keeps track of every word you say. Be positive and encouraging. Mentor them towards empowerment and a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, keep track of what your child loves and what they want to accomplish.
It is your chance, as parents and mentors of your child, to encourage your child to develop a healthy lifestyle that includes a right mix of physical lifestyle and healthy eating habits. Keep child activities full of fun.