Remember when your toddler first learned to walk? They didn’t stop, into everything and always on the move. We were exhausted chasing after them day after day.
Somewhere in our multi-tasking busy lives we have taught our kids to sit still, to entertain themselves with electronics and busy themselves indoors instead of looking for opportunities to get outside and play.
We need to understand the impact this can have on our kids long term health and make some big changes now to encourage kids to be more active. Active kids are more likely to be overall healthier, happier kids.
10 Benefits of Raising Active Kids
1. Healthy body weight
2. Healthy heart
3. More laughing and smiling
4. Improved self-confidence
5. Longer attention span
6. Better grades
7. Improved fitness level
8. Stronger bones and muscles
9. Increased balance and flexibility
10. Learning new skills
Inactive kids grow up to be inactive adults and that is when the real health problems can begin. We need to start now and teach our children active lifestyle habits that will stay with them give them the best chance of becoming healthy active adults.
How can we do this? Being an active role model is the first step. There are certain things that are just done in our family, like brushing your teeth or going to sleep at night, heat our house being active outside as much as possible is just one more of those things.
Simple ideas such as an after dinner walk, a weekend hike, learning to run together, a bike ride to the ice cream shop or putting that basketball net to good use for a little street action. All easy ways to add activity to your families day.
I challenge you to get active with your children and tell me you don’t see happy smiling kids!
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails. She contributes Family Health articles to many websites and magazines and ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active. Find more inspiring tips on her website http://www.raisinghealthkids.co and follow her on both Twitter @Deb_Lowther.