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The Importance Of Getting Active With Your Little One

The Importance Of Getting Active With Your Little One

The Importance Of Getting Active With Your Little One

Everyone knows that physical activity is important for kids. However, did you know that getting active is good for you, too? Or that getting active with your child is even better for both you and your little one? 

Kids are naturally physically active. They enjoy moving around and letting loose on the playground. As they get older, though, life happens and it becomes harder for them to enjoy moments of physical activity every day. 

Kids often become less active as a result of more demands at school, feeling that they are not good at sports, not having active role models, busy family life, among other reasons. 

The good news is that when you take an active approach to their physical health and general activity, it is easy to foster a love for physical activity once more. And with your help, your child will be able to fit getting active into their everyday lives. 

Laying this foundation this early will set healthy patterns in your child that will serve them well throughout their lives. 

Why Should You Get active With Your Child? 

Here Are Some Of The Reasons Why Getting Active With Your Child Is A Good Idea: 

  • It is a great bonding experience for you and your child. It shows your little one that you love and care for her. 
  • Getting active with your child makes them less likely to develop behavioral issues both at home and at school. 
  • It lays the foundation for an active lifestyle in your child’s later life
  • Getting active with your child will allow them to explore their interests in sports and passions that may turn into future hobbies or professions
  • Children who get active with their parents are less likely to engage in risky behavior such as drug and alcohol use
  • It teaches your child basic socialization skills and how to relate with others, for example how to play as a team and how to take turns. The best part is that they get to learn these skills from you in a loving, healthy environment!
  • Children who get active more become more physically healthy than their peers
  • Getting active with your child is also good for your own physical, mental, and emotional health. 

How To Motivate Your Child To Get Active With You

While you might want to get active with your child, if your little one is not already into outdoor play, they may not even want to play with you in the first place. Here are some of the things you can do to get your child to want to get active with you: 

  • Choose the right activities for your child’s age. Age-appropriate activities are the key to not having a bored and frustrated child on your hands. 
  • Give your child plenty of opportunities to be active on her own. Your child needs you to make getting active easy. Provide her with toys and equipment, sign her up for classes, and take her to playgrounds. In no time at all, she will want you to join in the fun. 
  • Always keep the focus on all the fun that you are having. Remember, kids will not do anything willingly if they do not enjoy it. 

Final Thoughts

Getting active with your child is a great way to make her feel loved, acknowledged, and accomplished. It is a great way to lay the foundation of a passion for physical fitness that will last her a lifetime. 

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