When it comes to keeping children active and healthy, it is now become more evident that this is a growing concern for moms. With more focus on the news about childhood obesity it is now more important than ever before to advocate a healthier lifestyle for your children and the whole family. However, how do you do it without it seeming forced and unnatural? I wanted to share with you some of the ways I think you could do it, no matter how old your children are.
Lead by example
Sometimes if you are wanting change to happen you have to first start with yourself. If you are not actively doing things to have a healthier and more balanced lifestyle you can’t expect the rest of the family to. So lead by example and make the changes yourself. It will be far easier to implement them if you are actively involved and behind the change yourself.
Get children involved in sports groups
The next thing to think about would be to get children involved in sports groups. This is a great way for them to be active. You can involve young children in toddler sessions, and as the older children get, they can then belong to teams and be far more involved. As a mom, you can also be supportive, whether that is helping out with the sublimated football jerseys, sharing car journeys and lightening the load, or just being supportive on the sidelines. Getting the whole family involved can really help.
Have a healthier diet and eat together
It isn't just about being active it is also about how you nourish your body and so the key would be to encourage a healthier and balanced diet for the whole family. If you struggle to get your children to eat healthy food why not start a new habit of eating together. Again it comes down to that leading by example point made earlier. You can encourage children to do more things if they see you doing them.
Drink more water
Water is a great way to feel more healthy, and so it might be a good idea to try and encourage drinking more of it as a family. Substitute fruit justices for water at meals times, and try and encourage water instead of caffeinated drinks. It could really help.
Encourage time outside rather than on technology
Finally, being outside is definitely going to help when it comes to encouraging a healthier lifestyle in general. Too many children are spending more time than they should be on technology devices. While tech is great for learning and should be an essential part of their lives, more children are becoming reliant on games and spend too much time on them, rather than being outside. Limit the time and enjoy the great outdoors, even a walk as a family in an evening could be a new habit to start ad enjoy.
I hope these tips help you to encourage an active lifestyle for your family and children.