Physical activity plays a big part in a kid’s life. Active exercise doesn’t just develop your child physically; it makes his creative potential shine through. What’s more, physical activity develops lots of great personality traits like purposefulness, courage and self-confidence.
But what if your kid doesn’t seem really interested in exercising?
Tips that can help you teach your kid to love exercise
Let your example be contagious. Now that kids are more interested in gadgets than active games setting an example can be of great help. Usually, when parents do regular workouts and lead an active lifestyle, their kids are ready and willing to do the same. Besides, exercising together helps you to develop a strong emotional bond with your child. For you, it’s a great opportunity to get to know your kid better; for your kid it’s a reason to see you as a real friend and a teammate.
Don’t force; motivate. If your kid is still unwilling to start exercising, don’t make him do it. Just let him know that he’s the main member of your team, that without him no active game will work out. Does he prefer to stay at home? Fine. Go on a short trip and after coming back, tell him what activities you took part in and how great it was. No doubt, he would like to go with you next time.
Go to a fitness club. When it comes to teaching your kid to exercise regularly, you should be careful and it’s important to watch your kid’s progress closely, especially if it’s a younger kid. In this case, a fitness group for children would be the best decision. A professional coach will watch your child and he will be able to follow a special training program that suits him perfectly. Besides, in some fitness clubs, they have training programs intended specially for parents and kids.
Don’t expect your kid to make great progress right away. Be patient. Every child is individual, and some may need a longer time to show better results. And don’t hurry to get your kid acquainted with professional sports right from the start. What may be good for a 7-year old will not do for a 3-year old toddler. Swimming is one of the ideal ways to exercise for a child. It strengthens your bones and muscles, makes blood circulation better and boosts your immune system. Besides, children generally just love swimming.
Respect your child’s decision in case he doesn’t want to go in for a certain kind of sports. Remember that the main thing about teaching your kid to love exercise is that he really enjoys it. Without this, it would be just another tedious obligation.
Let your child know that it’s ok to make mistakes. Mistakes are the part of his training process. It may be hard to do something right today, but his skills will get better as his training progresses.
Let your kid set goals that fit his individual physical features. Let him be responsible for achieving those goals. Achievable goals will significantly boost your child’s self-esteem and show him that there’s a lot he can do if he puts his mind to it.
Always show sincere interest both in your child’s progress and his failures. Never hesitate to support your kid in case he fails. Let him understand that losing or winning is not as important as participation. On the other hand, don’t try to look for excuses. Let your kid learn from his mistakes.
Encourage your child to take part in various competitions but don’t make him too focused on winning. Your kid can lose interest for exercising if winning is all there is.
Regardless of what kind of physical activity your kid chooses, the most important thing is for him to enjoy what he does. Exercising should make your child happy and fill him with energy. It’s absolutely ok if your child wants to switch to something else after trying out a certain type of exercise. Support him in his search of his ideal kind of physical activity. After all, you can only do something for a long time if you really love it.