Helping kiddos get active is crucial for good health and development. Regular exercise helps children to avoid illnesses like heart disease, stroke and certain cancers, improves mood, reduces stress and can even help children to do well at school.
1. Get Interested
Show an interest in any activities your child likes and encourage them to try out new physical activities. If your kid loves ballet, it’s time to suck up any personal reservations you might have and get behind your child!
2. Don’t Drive so Much
We can all be more active as part of our daily lives. Walk rather than drive and encourage your kids to cycle and walk where possible.
If you pick your kids up at the bus stop, why not get have them get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way home together? Being active throughout daily life by walking and cycling is a great way for your children to achieve their daily 60 minutes of activity.
3. Help Kids to be Sporty
Playing sport is a great way for children to be active. If your kids don’t like traditional sports, there are lots of alternatives: mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, mountain climbing & surfing are all excellent and are becoming more widely available.
Schools can help children to be more active by offering alternative sports and activities such as hip-hop dance, tae-kwon-do, step aerobics, zumba etc.
It’s important that children should have access to activities that interest them. If you find that your child is not interested in taking part in PE at school, find out what else if offered and encourage the school to provide alternative physical activities… you can even try out our at-home exercise program so that you can bring fitness into the home for the kiddos! We have partner workouts, dance and hip hop workouts, self defence workouts, body and free weight workouts, and more!
4. Shall We Dance?
Not all kids are into sports, but there are lots of other ways to be active. Hobbies such as dance are excellent ways to get kids moving. Dance is an excellent way to develop fitness, agility, balance and coordination. Hip hop dance, street dance, salsa, tap, ballet & Irish dancing are great ways to keep your kids active. There are also at-home workout options like Cize, Turbo Jam, YouV2, and Country Heat!
5. Take Control of the TV
A recent study found that kids in the US spend on average 5 hours per day in front of a screen: watching TV, surfing the web and playing computer games. This amount of screen time makes it really hard for kids to have an active healthy life.
Take control of the TV, and ration their screen-time! This goes for phones and iPads too! Need help?… “Bargain” with them – have them finish one of the at-home workouts in the living room and for every minute of exercise, they can earn 15 seconds of TV or game time! So a 40 minute workout converts to an earned 10 minutes of screen time throughout the week!
6. Get Active Yourself!
You are your child’s most important role model – so if you are a couch potato, don’t expect your kids to be active! Get yourself active – the habit will rub off on your kids. — Our “Double Time” workout is designed for parents and kids to do together with just a simple ball that comes with the workouts and nutrition package!
7. Be Active Together
Why not bond with the kids by doing some physical activity together? It’s important that you set a good example – you are your child’s most important role model – and the activity will improve your own health as well!
- Go for walks or play active games together
- Play a game of ball together
- Try the “Double Time” workout together and feel free to give me your feedback on all of it! You’ll be the first to go through it!
- Join an exercise class together
- Play physical games with family and friends (tag, frisbee, catch, hide and seek)
- Plan a nightly jog or walk — you jog and the kiddo can ride the bike if they can’t keep up!
- Go golfing as a family
- Play a game of one-on-one basketball or soccer with family
8. Play Every Day and Tie in the Nutrition!
When your child has been active, don’t undo all the good work by giving them junk food afterwards! Test out the Daily Sunshine smoothie that comes with your donations into the School Charity! They are all soy free, dairy free, gluten free, and packed with all natural superfoods and amazingness!
Show the kids how getting out and about each day can be fun and how the body starts to crave the movement and the activity, especially as we tie in great clean kid-approved recipes to the mix! Be the example in every sense of the word and your kids will follow suit.
Interested in getting active with your kiddos & Helping Your School Win $50,000?!?
I am spending this month diving into helping kids be more active with their parents and kicking off a challenge group focused on just that! I am giving parents & kids partner exercises to do together that are fun and easy. Plus, pairing it with a healthy meal plan full of kid-approved recipes!!! Not to mention, the plan includes a healthy kids smoothie for those of you who have kids who won’t go near a fruit or veggie with a 10 foot pole!
Best part?!?! For every parent and kiddo team (or kid sibling team) who jumps in with us in November, I’ll be donating $20 to the school charity of your choice! And for every parent/kiddo duo that I help this month, the community as a whole becomes more eligible for the HUGE giveaway where Beachbody is going to donate $50,000 to the school program or charity of our choice!!!
So I need your help…. Please jump into the group with us and together we can better help our kids get healthy and fit in a fun way and earn some big money for the school as well! It’s a WIN-WIN!
Fill in the form below to get more information on how you can donate to this amazing cause just by purchasing the kiddo/parent workouts and kid-friendly meal plan and recipes! (All proceeds go to the school program of your choice!)