Keeping kids moving move more in the winter months or even in not perfect weather is hard!! Kids these days are spending too much time sitting at desks, watching tv, or in a car going back and forth. With so much time being inactive kids health is suffering and more kids are having behavior issues. (I have included affiliate links to products I love. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)
Now Michael is my most active child out of the three since he plays soccer year round. My girls, however, are not as big of a fan of playing sports so finding ways to get them to move sometimes can take some creativity! Making sure you pay attention to what they like to do will be a great way to find the easy solution to get them up and moving.
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Simple Tips On Keeping Kids Moving More:
Have them walk the pets! Walking a dog around the block is easy to do and a great way to get kids to move!
Help your child find a sport they like. Playing sports has been proven to have a positive effect on academic performance and the group activity means they are more likely to give the activity their all and regular practice and games help build discipline.
Spend time being active with your child. Join them on family biking and hiking trips to get everyone out and active. This is a great way to enjoy family time together while getting the entire family including your kids to be more active.
Place limits on screen time. Often kids opt to spend more time watching TV or playing video games. When you reduce screen time your child has to find other forms of entertainment including getting out and being active. A great way to set this limit is to require time playing outside on nice days before screen time is allowed.
Offer your child plenty of equipment to be active. Bikes, roller, blades, or skateboards make great tools for getting kids out and playing. Jump ropes, hula hoops, and a variety of balls are a great way to turn your backyard or a garage into a home for buzzing activity.
Play Pokemon go together! Finding a park with poke stops to have your child ride scooters or walk back and forth between is a great way to combine screen time and get them to move more!
Cold winter weather can make helping your kids be active difficult. Opt for offering fun indoor activities like dance games. Places like roller skating rinks are still popular places to go meet up with friends. Young kids can take advantage of playscapes and the local community center usually offers activities or swimming for kids in the winter. ‘
How do you help your kids to stay active?