Before the age of tablets and smartphones, children used to live fairly active lifestyles. They’d go out and play with their friends and spend hours exploring outdoors. These days however, you’re more likely to see children with their heads glued to the TV or mobile phone screen. It’s no coincidence therefore, that there’s been a huge increase in childhood obesity and issues with development.

The question is, how can you encourage your children to be more active? Below, you’ll discover some great ways to reignite their natural passion for being outdoors.

Be a good role model
If you want your children to be more active, you’re going to need to lead by example. If all you do is sit in front of the television or watch videos on your phone and spend time on social media, your children are going to do the same.
Start by setting one day a week for the whole family to do something active. It could be going on a walk, playing outdoor games or even hosting a competition. Children love a competition and if you throw in a reward (ideally one which isn’t food related), it’s sure to spark their interest. It could be whoever can do the most jumps with a skipping rope wins. Or, why not make it super-fun and create a mini assault course?

Make it fun
The number one way to encourage children to be more active is to make it fun. The activity needs to be something more fun than staring at cartoons all day. Think about the things children have always enjoyed over the years. Skateboarding is a great example and something most children enjoy.
Skateboarding is something all the family could get involved in. You can pick up skateboards for the whole family at an affordable cost through companies like Skate Hut Limited. Just remember to invest in safety equipment too! You’ve likely seen the YouTube videos of parents trying and failing to get down with the children on skateboards and hover boards and such.

Overall, it’s actually easier than you think to encourage your children to be more active. They’re naturally drawn to the outdoors so if you can find a fun activity, especially one you can all take part in, you won’t have a problem convincing them to put down the smartphone and do what children do best x

 

Encourage children to be more active

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7 Comments on How to encourage children to be more active

  1. Fatima
    September 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm (9 months ago)

    I do try to get my son involved in active play as much as I can, but I do give him the tablet as well because I can some free time that way.

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  2. Nayna Kanabar
    September 20, 2017 at 8:57 pm (9 months ago)

    I totally agree lead by example. I babysit my neice and we always go to the park with a blanket and a picnic and some ball games. Its so enjoyable.

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  3. jenny
    September 20, 2017 at 9:22 pm (9 months ago)

    My kids love being outside but it’s so true, it helps to lead by example.

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  4. mydreamality
    September 21, 2017 at 9:40 pm (9 months ago)

    Leading by example is such a big one. We like to make it all fun as kids really respond well to that.

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  5. Leigh Travers
    September 22, 2017 at 7:08 am (9 months ago)

    These are some great tips – especially the ‘make it fun’ one!

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  6. Cecilia Mari
    September 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm (9 months ago)

    This is a great post with lots of good advice! It’s quite weird how the society is today compared to how it was when I was a kid!

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  7. Sarah Burns
    September 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm (9 months ago)

    we go out a lot and have long walks etc. The children also see my husband and I being active too so that helps it be a ‘normal# thing

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