You are your child’s first teacher. You teach them how to ride a bike, and get dressed by themselves. But as kids grow into preteens and teenagers, they look to their friends and teachers, too. Even if you feel like you are on the sidelines, you are still the coach! Teaching your kids how to be physically active is very important, and the skills they learn now will stick with them as they grow up. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
Step 1: Become the Role Model
Monkey see, monkey do! Kids learn how to act by watching others, including their parents. What this means is that if you add fitness to your own life, your kids will be more likely to be active, too. This makes it so important to set a good example for them to follow.
But what if you aren’t quite an exercise expert yet? Learning how to fit physical activity into your days is the first step needed to become that healthy role model for your child. Easier said than done, right? Sometimes a couple ideas are all you need. Check out these ideas about how to make a few easy changes to being healthier.
Step 2: Come Together
It’s one thing to keep yourself healthy, but teens may need a little extra push. The best way to be a good role model and successfully get your kids moving is to do activities together. Find a time each week to go on a walk or play basketball together. This might mean making plans on the weekend or maybe even something quick after dinner. The amount of time isn’t as important as just being able to find some time to spend together. And not only will you be getting active and healthy, you will also be building a stronger relationship with your children, which can be hard during those teenage years. It’s a win-win!
Step 3: Have Fun!
Who said fitness had to be work? Finding things that both you and your kids enjoy doing will keep you staying active for life. Like the outdoors? Go on a hike or to a park. Like dancing? All you need is some music. Switch up the activities every week to keep it interesting. And always make the mood light and positive.
What are some physical activities your family enjoys together?