Family Fitness

With less time and space for safe outdoor activities, and more electronics competing for your child's attention, it's easy for physical play to fall by the wayside. But in today's sedentary culture, encouraging kids' fitness is more important than ever. Try this advice to help even the most reluctant child increase active play time.

First Steps to Kids' Fitness

Remember that fitness and physical play are part of a healthy lifestyle that makes you feel good. Try not to send the message that exercise is an unpleasant chore. Exercise can and should be fun. Whether it be structured sports, games of imagination, dancing or just walking where they otherwise might hop in the car or pram - create the opportunities and the rest will happen.

Be a Fitness Role Model

The number-one way to prompt your reluctant child to be more active is to be more active yourself. Take up a new sport, resume a walking or running habit, or resurrect that gym membership you've been ignoring.Get out in the yard and have fun with them whenever you can. If you model sitting on the couch watching TV all the time, chances are, you'll have company.

Set Kids' Fitness Goals that Motivate

Many kids are motivated by rewards. Work together to come up with a set of goals for each member of the family, then plan some fun (non-food!) prizes, such as active toys you can all enjoy.

Boost Kids' Self-Esteem

If your child is overweight, fitness is more important than ever--but also tougher to encourage. Try this advice to help your child feel more confident about himself and his body.

Find Fitness Activities Kids Love

Maybe your child doesn't enjoy active play because she hasn't yet found the right sport or exercise for her. Check out profiles of youth sports to get a feel for some popular favorites, and don't forget to take advantage of seasonal fun, as well as activities that draw on your child's other interests.

  • Flu shot?

    What is Influenza?  Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is caused by a virus and mainly sp...

  • Cold or Flu?

    When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can't move a muscle feeling, ...

  • Cold and Flu: Prevent and Control

    TIP 1: GET A FLU SHOT  Having a flu vaccination each autumn is the single best way to preven...


  • avatar

    Ashleigh McNicol says…ΒΆ


    Thanks for the advice. Will keep that in mind for later on. A long way off yet.

Add your thoughts…

Please, Log-in to be able to post comments.