Face it. We live in a technological age. Unfortunately, it tends to mean our kids want to live a more sedentary lifestyle. Start fresh this year and boost your child’s activities. Here are four fun ways to keep your family active and to bond as a family.
Try Interactive Methods
A common interactive method for exercise is playing a video game system, such as the Nintendo Wii. There are plenty of game options such as baseball, boxing, dancing, tennis, golf, and more. It’s all about what you feel like playing. Interactive methods are a great way to play games as a family and can also be used to teach children good sportsmanship.
Limit Screen Time
Television, cell phone, tablets, there are plenty of screens we look at every day. Keep your kids on the go by limiting the amount of time they are allowed to use their devices. Set a time frame for electronics. For instance, they cannot use television, video games, etc., until after 7:00 pm. This will also help encourage them to get their homework, chores, or other commitments completed in time for them to use their devices.
Institute Dance Breaks
A fun way to add some exercise into your day is to turn up the music and dance. Take turns choosing music, bring out flashlights to use for a strobe light. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t have time or the energy for a full on session, create mini dance breaks. For instance, if you’re watching a movie together on television, have a mini dance break during each commercial break; or take turns prompting random 5 or 10 minute dance breaks throughout the day.
Create Games Out of Daily Chores
Creating games for chores is a great way to get kids to complete them, especially if you’re working with younger children. Have them try to make a basket with their softer toys into their toy box; or pretend the evil dust creatures are invading their bedroom, and only the moist hand towel can eradicate them from taking over the dresser and bookshelves.
When choosing an activity for your family, remember to choose activities that fit your child’s development. If you choose something too easy, they can get bored; while if it’s too difficult, they may become frustrated or angry. Keep your child fit by limiting their screen time, using interactive methods, and/or dancing it away. By instituting these activities you not only give your family a more physically active lifestyle, but you will also give them the opportunity to communicate and bond with each other.
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