Second, plan activities for the whole family. Walk, jog, or ride a bicycle together. If you’re not into these activities, you can come up with others. How about gardening? You can weed, mow, and fertilize the garden together. Or perhaps dance? These activities can be fun, entertaining, and healthy.
Third, incorporate fitness into your routine. You can teach your kids simple ways to turn usual activities into something healthier and more productive. For instance, teach them to take the stairs rather than the elevator; to walk short distances rather than get on the car. Remind them that the reason why you park at the far end of the lot at work or in the grocery is because you want to take every opportunity to exercise. By the way, you may want to purchase pedometers so they can monitor how many steps they are able to take in a day. This can further give them motivation.
Fourth, utilize incentives. Children are naturally eager to do what they will be rewarded for. Hence, you may want to use this opportunity to make them do something for their health. For instance, give them reward points for every physical activity. These reward points, when accumulated at a certain level, can be exchanged for a particular treat like a bowling session with dad or a Frisbee game with mom.
These are but four ways on how to encourage your children to be physically active. Not all of them would probably work for your kids, but if one or two would, then you’re up for some marvelous benefits.