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Keep children fit and healthy with fun physical activities

5453030069_907b48017a_nIt doesn’t take a genius to understand the importance of ensuring your kids are active throughout their childhood and into teenage years. The physical activity of running, climbing trees and playing sports not only keeps their body healthier, leaner and stronger, but also their brain healthier. Meaning better sleep patterns, better concentration levels and better emotional stability.

But the sad truth is that you only have to open the newspaper or watch television to see obesity problems affecting much of Europe and North America.

So why aren’t children more active and why aren’t parents enforcing physical fitness as part of growing up?

Sadly it’s a sign of the times. Children have so much access to technology and gadgets that they don’t go outside to ‘play’ as much. And often both parents tend to work, so aren’t around to enforce the rules as much as they’d like to.

Whereas rewind 10-15-20 years and the best thing in a child’s world was their bicycle or heading down the local park for a game of footie, rounders’ or ‘it’. Kids didn’t want to stay cooped up inside. And there certainly was no Nintendo Wii or Xbox to distract us.

Nowadays the allure of video games and computer-based activities in general are much too tempting for kids, but at what cost? Children who don’t partake in regular activities are generally weaker, overweight and unfit.

So what can we do about it?

Well for one make exercise fun.

It doesn’t have to be push-ups, sprints and weights. In fact it’s so much better if it’s not. There’s plenty of time for that when their older. Instead think about what you did as a child and what you think your children might like to do. Play football, tennis or basketball with friends. Skateboarding, cycling or rollerblading. Or what about gymnastics, martial arts and dancing.

Of course there’s loads of activities your kids can do. Here are some more of our suggestions below.

Aerobic activities – to get heart and lungs working hard:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Rollerblading
  • Skateboarding
  • Running
  • Rowing
  • Dancing
  • Ice-skating

Muscle strengthening activities – to build stronger bodies:

  • Climbing trees
  • Monkey bars
  • Rowing
  • Gymnastics
  • Tug-of-war

Stretching activities – to keep flexibility:

  • Martial arts
  • Dancing
  • Gymnastics

And don’t forget to join in too! It will give you quality time with your kids and keep you fit and healthy too. Have fun!

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