Friday, 31 March 2017

Seven Tips To Get Kids Active

In this day and age it's harder than ever to get kids active.  Many pastimes involve technology, so if your little darling is a Minecraft addict or Facebook fiend, it might be very difficult to get them off the computer or games console. Also kids who are more physically active are more likely to be academically motivated and alert in school according to the The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE),  a US organisation, so the mental benefits of physical activity are significant too. 

For 5 to 18 year olds the recommended level of physical activity is at least one hour a day, but what do you do to encourage your children to get active if they prefer more sedentary activities? 

Here are seven top tips on getting kids to be active and keeping them that way. 

1. Don't take the car


Wherever possible encourage your kids to walk or cycle to school, the local shops or a friend's house. It's never to early to learn the rules of the road so if your child is little and you need to walk with them, help them learn the green cross code and how to be sensible crossing the road. If your child wants to cycle to school, enquire about cycling proficiency courses such as the one run by Bikeability Wales

2. Exercise with them

Set aside time every week to do something active with your children.  This is great for bonding and you could even teach them a new skill such as how to use a hula hoop, how to throw a frisbee, or how to skateboard. 

3. Buy active toys for your kids

Bikes, skipping ropes, skateboards, footballs and all manner of toys encourage kids to be active. If you buy a new computer game for birthday or Christmas, then buy them something active to balance it out like a new football or scooter.

4. Encourage their interest


If they have an interest in a sport, encourage the enthusiasm by signing them up to a sports club. Many schools work in collaboration with companies as well to run school sport tours where football, rugby, skiing and netball tours can be enjoyed and skills honed. 

5. Encourage a love of nature and walking

The UK has many beautiful national parks, beautiful waterfalls and lovely beaches. On holidays and weekends go out, take a picnic and explore the beautiful countryside and coastline around us.

6. Try something different

Now and again try something different. Trampolining and roller blading have become popular in recent years for example. Check out local listings for places that run courses and classes.

7. Consider a beach holiday


There are lots of fun activities kids can play on the beach such as beach volleyball. They can also learn new skills such as paddle boarding, surfing and even windsurfing. 

So these are 7 tips to get your kids active, feel free to share your tips below.

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15 comments

  1. These are great tips. We always walk everywhere we go, but my eldest is only 3. We spend a lot of time running around the park though!

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    1. Walking is a very underrated exercise and running around the park sounds fun!

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  2. Never really thought about how great beach holidays are for the body. So much running about and swimming!

    Ashleigh x

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  3. It so important to get kids out and about. My boys love nothing better than hopping up and even running around the garden, trampoline or play frame. My boys have so much energy and they are so much happier being out than trapped indoors x

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    1. Trampolines are great fun as long as it's supervised and safe.

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  4. Great tips! Kids definitely need to be more active I run a youth group and we always have physical games to get them to be a little more active

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  5. When I look at the options kids have now to the options we had when we were younger, is it any wonder why they're not as active - games consoles, internet, mobile phones etc. I don't have kids, but I really agree with this article (I guess it works for adults too!) x

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  6. Great tips - my teens are constantly on their phones or laptops, as are their friends. I do get them out for a good walk as often as I can. Kaz x

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    1. I think it can be easier to get the little ones active. Teenagers can be a law unto themselves but if they find an exercise they enjoy then that's half the battle.

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  7. Doing activities as a family is such a lovely idea, what a great way to encourage the whole family to be more active! :)

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  8. Some fantastic tips, some kids and parents can be quite lazy! But everyone is different I suppose. But I love getting up early and headng out and doing fun acticities with my daughter.

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  9. Some great tips and I would add to that - do not buy batteries ha x

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    1. Great tip ha ha, unfortunately most things run off main power these days :D

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  10. These are some great tips :) I have been taking my nanny kids trampolining for their exercise recently and they adore it!

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