Are your kids spending too much time sitting around playing video games? It’s a common struggle in American households. I recently stopped by to chat with the anchors at WNEM TV to share my four tips on how to combat inactivity in children. I hope parents will find these four tips helpful and easy to implement. Because, when implemented they can help your kids stay fit all year long!
Tip #1: Set TV Hours
Kids need (and want!) structure. Setting up house rules will set them up for success. Whether it is one show per day, or one hour per day, make sure your kids know what you expect from them when it comes to screen time.
Tip #2: Spend at least 30 Minutes Outdoors
Encourage at least five days per week of outdoor activity, for at least 30 minutes each time. You can make it a fun game by giving your children a calendar and every day they go outside and play for at least 30 minutes they are given a sticker to put on their calendar. Make them feel that you are on their team by explaining why it is so important that they are out and being active. Getting outside to play and explore in the fresh air is good for the body and mind…for adults and kids!
Tip #3: Reward Them
Once the children have reached their five days of outdoor activity for at least 30 minutes each time, give them a reward! Give them something that will make them feel good. By feel good, I don’t mean give them candy or more video game/tv time. Make the reward something that they can have fun with and enjoy outside. How about a trip to the store for a new soccer ball or hula hoop? Organize a family game or contest with their new reward and enjoy some time being active together!
Parents, are you interested in learning more about how rewards can lead to healthier lifestyles? My 30-day workbook helps people reconnect with how they view rewards for themselves.
Tip #4: Lead By Example
Stay prepared! Parents- keep your tennis shoes by the door so you’re always ready to tie up the laces and head out for a game of tag or baseball with your kids. It’s true what they say. Teamwork makes the dream work. Having fun by being active together can lead to a foundation of health for your children for years to come.
Cheers to a great week of outdoor fun for the family!