We all want our kids to be happy and healthy, and being involved in a sport can improve the physical and mental health of the entire family. As a parent, it is your responsibility to guide your kids in the right direction. Sometimes, however, it is hard to get them interested in anything. Below you will find a few tips on how to make your family be more active, including those kids who would rather play video games all day.
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1. Lead By Example
You can’t expect your kids to take on any sport if you are a couch potato. Make sure that you are joining a gym or a local sports club and tell your kids about how much better you feel after. You might even get them a junior pass and enroll them in a course while you are working out. No matter if you start swimming together or join the local tennis club; you will make this time count for the future of your kids. Make sure that you consider the cost of training and equipment; for boxing, for example, you will need specialist shoes and SafeJawz protection to keep them safe.
2. Take Them to Matches
If your kids are not really sure whether or not they would like to play any sports, you might introduce them to some of them by booking tickets. No matter if it is a soccer match or a basketball tournament; be patient to explain the rules and let them admire the strength and the stamina of the players. You can inspire your kids by asking them to choose a favorite local or international player they would like to learn something from.
3. Watch Sports at Home
You don’t even have to leave the house to get involved in sports. Choose a team and competitive sport to follow on the TV and get your kids to follow their progress. You can get them a book about the sport or the player, or visit the local library to research what skills you need to become good at the sport.
4. Create Challenges
You can also get your kids to take on challenges every now and then. From completing an adventure course, rock climbing, hiking up the mountain with a heavy backpack, or going jogging with you, you can get them to join in and earn rewards. If you are a competitive person, you might want to challenge your kids in a competition, a Badminton match, or a football shoot off. Make it fun for the family, and they will ask to spend more active time with you.
5. Get Their Friends Involved
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If your kids are shy, it might be a good idea to get their friends involved, too. They might feel more inclined to go to training if they know that there are people they know there. Talk to other parents and share the burden of training runs.
If you want happy and healthy kids, it is important that you encourage your kids to stay active. Early habits will stick, and if you lead by example, you can get your kids hooked up on a sport for life.
*This post was sourced for dadvworld.com
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