How to encourage your child to be activeAs a parent, you play a significant role in helping your child become more physically active. Keeping your child active has many benefits, including:
- Helping with the formation of strong bones and muscles
- Weight control - staying active helps to maintain a healthy weight
- Promotes better sleep
- Find a fun activity – being physically active does not necessarily mean sports. Depending on the child, there are many different activities that encourage physical movement. Help your child explore different activities until they find an activity that they enjoy. The more fun they have the more likely they are to continue the activity.
- Get the family involved – many activities are more enjoyable when played in big groups. Get friends and family involved. This might also help with bonding and bringing people closer as well as growing team spirit and being more sociable.
- Make it funny – build on what your child thinks is funny. Tweak the activity to customise it more to your child’s liking. The more entertained they are, the more fun they will have.
- Choose an age-appropriate game – choose something they would understand mentally and be capable of performing physically. Otherwise, the child may get bored or frustrated. For preschoolers, try to focus more on games and exercise that help to develop critical motor skills. Movements like kicking, throwing a ball, hopping on one foot and riding bikes work on these fundamental skills.
- Surround the activity with positivity– spread good vibes during activities. Praise them, notice what they are doing, particularly if it is something new, and this will most likely encourage them to practice more and continue to get better at the activity.
- Limit screen time – limit the amount of time your child spends in front of the TV, computer, tablet, playing games on phones, etc.
by Komal Qaiser