With the approach of winter’s cold and reduced hours of sunlight, people – adults and kids – tend to become hermits and don’t come close to achieving the essential exercise the body needs to be fit and healthy. Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle not only contributes to weight problems and health-related issues for adults and children, but it also hurts kids’ academic accomplishments. By encouraging your children to be active, you not only help them physically, but you cultivate an active mind.
So how do you encourage children of all ages to become more active? I suggest something as simple as taking a walk together. Walking works well for all ages and requires no special skills. Besides the physical gains, walking can provide you with excellent one-on-one time with your child. Talk about their day, wins, struggles, etc.
Being a healthy role model is essential to your child’s future. Your child is learning lifelong health habits directly from you, as you’re their strongest influence! At least one hour of daily physical activity is desirable for you and your child. That doesn’t mean you need to complete the full hour all at once. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to break it up into achievable segments.
Try something like this in conjunction with your walks: “10 for 10 Every Now and Then.” Pick 10 exercises and do them 10 times for a total of 10 minutes. For example, try doing 10 push-ups, 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 dips, 10 sit-ups, etc. You get the idea! This is both doable and fun! Make the most of your family’s free time by teaming up to stay active over the winter months.