As parents you put so much love and time into making sure their kids grow up happy and productive. So doesn’t it make sense to want your children to develop life long, healthy habits for kids that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Here are some simple tips to help your kids get healthy or stay healthy!
- Create choices (good ones)!
Kids don’t like to be told what they can and cannot do. Give your children options when it comes to their health and make sure you are praising them for their successes. This is the first step towards the healthcare for children.
- Stock your refrigerator
Out of sight-out of mind. When you stock the fridge and pantry with fruits and vegetables, flavored rice cakes, air-popped popcorn, or nuts you make good choices simple. Now the cookies or unhealthy snacks just aren’t there to grab. If buying canned fruit, make sure they’re packed with real fruit juice not sugar syrup. This will ensure healthy eating for kids.
- Be a good role model
When your children see you eating healthy and moving your body, it sends a message to them that health is important to you and for your family. Example a love of healthy movement!
- Limit television and video games
We all enjoy relaxing after a long day – but make sure your kids are getting outside and being kids BEFORE they sink into the sofa and don’t move again for the rest of the evening.
- Get the entire family involved
Dust off your bicycle, put on your walking shoes, go swimming, or play tag with your children. Make exercise fun for your kids and everyone will benefit from the extra family time together and health benefits.
- Let your child be creative
Let your child experience difference activities until they find something they truly love doing! They’ll stick to it longer if they enjoy doing it!
- Exercise is NOT a Punishment
The surest way to ruin exercise for children is by turning it into a punishment rather than something to look forward to and to enjoy. Rather than demanding a kid drop and start doing push-ups, consider rewarding him/her the next time they do well on a test or complete their chores by allowing extra time in the pool, a bike ride through the neighborhood as a family or a special trip to a rock climbing gym. This approach is more likely to encourage to make physical activity a healthy habit for kids and to stay active into adulthood.
- Bring a Friend
Everything’s more fun when you have a buddy. The next time your child is acting hesitant about the prospect of going to the park, hike or for a walk, enlist some extra help by seeing if a friend can tag along. Keeping kids active is easier when there are multiples of them who can motivate each other.