As a parent, it’s likely that you are always looking for ways to keep your children healthy and happy – whether that means you encourage/force them to eat their vegetables or encourage them to get enough sleep each night. However, another great way in which you can help your children stay fit and healthy is by helping them to develop a love of sports and exercise!
Here are some great ideas to get you started!
Watch sporting events together.
One of the easiest ways to introduce your children to new sports (and get them excited about them) is by watching them together. For example, you attend an NZ rugby game (or watch them on TV). This is a great way for your child to gain an understanding of what rugby is about and may encourage them to sign up for classes. You should also make an effort to watch large-scale sporting events such as the Olympics.
Try out a range of different sports and activities.
As a parent, it’s also important that you give your child the confidence to try something new, especially when it comes to fitness. For example, you should not force them to sign up or attend any fitness classes that they do not enjoy as it is important your children find an activity they love. This is because they will feel more excited and enthusiastic about their sport if it’s something they are truly passionate about. As a result, they are more likely to push or challenge themselves in this environment, as opposed to viewing it as a chore. As a result, you should encourage them to take their time and try out a few different sports or activities before making any long-term commitments. This way, they will feel confident, powered and, more importantly, excited about what they are doing.
Encourage them to focus on having fun.
The world of exercise and sports can also be incredibly competitive – especially if their training involves competing or some form of test or examination. However, while healthy competition is a great way to inspire your children and teach them important lessons in drive or humility, it is important that you do not let this consume them. If they focus too much on the competitive element, they will stop enjoying themselves and could also begin dealing with feelings of stress and anxiety. However, you can combat this issue by ensuring that you do not put too much pressure on them. Teach them that they should not participate in sports with the sole desire to win or beat others – and should focus on having fun.
Participating in regular or daily exercise is a fantastic habit to teach your kids – however, you must also lead by example by ensuring that you make time for exercise yourself! One way in which you can achieve this goal is by setting aside some time to exercise together. For example, you could sign up for parent and child fitness classes or simply spend time in nature going for walks or bike rides.