As a parent, it goes without saying that you want what’s best for your child (or children).
In the past, maybe when you were a kid, exercise and spending time outdoors was a way of life (especially during the summer months). However, in today’s day and age, this has all changed.
Today’s kids are often more interested in video games, texting with friends, and downloading new apps.
While there’s nothing wrong with taking full advantage of technology, some kids take this too far. This is where parents need to step in.
Here are some of the top reasons we need to push our kids to workout more often:
1. Health Benefits
There are many health benefits of working out, such as the ability to prevent obesity and diabetes.
Your child won’t become healthy without the right approach, and this means working out on a regular basis.
Did you know that only one out of every three children are physically active every day? This is a big problem, as this trend is taking a toll on the overall health of Young America.
If you want your child to live a healthy life – and you should – it’s a good idea to get him or her in the habit of working out several times per week.
2. Exercise is Great Way to Meet Others
Some people believe that working out is something they have to do alone. While this may be the preference of some adults, children often like to interact with others.
A good workout routine is a great way for children to meet others who have the same interests.
For example, a child who visits a local YMCA three times per week is sure to meet others who share similar interests. As a result, he or she will be more likely to keep up with their workout, as they know that other children are doing the same.
3. Exercise Improve Mental Function
There is no denying the fact that exercise goes a long way in improving your body, including your health and physical appearance.
But did you know that this could also improve mental function? This is as big deal when it comes to children, as you want yours to perform at their peak at all times.
Many parents believe that exercise will zap their children of energy, when the exact opposite is actually true. This increases energy levels, as well as serotonin, which leads to a higher level of mental efficiency and clarity.
4. Childhood Fitness Habits Fuel a Healthy Future
When children grow up lazy, neglecting to workout, there is a good chance that they will continue on this same path in adulthood.
Get this: less than five percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
If you teach your children to workout early in their life, they may be more willing to stick with this habit as they age. Once again, this will work in their favor in regards to both their physical and mental health.
5. School-Mandated Exercise is Not Always Enough
It may be hard to believe, but only six states currently require physical education in every grade (kindergarten through 12th).
If you rely on your child’s school to teach them about the importance of working out and pushing them to stay active, you may end up disappointed in the end.
Take the time to learn more about your child’s curriculum, with an eye toward physical education requirements. You can then share a workout plan with your child that fits into what they are doing at school. This is the best of both worlds.
The children of today are not always the most physically active. And while sleep is important, you don’t want your child to spend most of his or her day in bed.
It’s important for parents to push their kids to workout more. This isn’t always met with a smile, but it’s something that will benefit your child now and in the future.
Just the same as any habit, it can be difficult for a child to get into a “workout groove.” By gently pushing him or her forward and providing encouragement, this may soon become a big part of their life.
Did you workout when you were younger? Are you taking the time to push your child in this direction? Share your personal experiences in the comment section below.