This is the first in the series of our ‘Encouraging active children’ articles.
Do you struggle to keep your children active or are your children the ones doing every activity going?
You might have read our article a while back on ‘Generation Go, Go, Go‘, where we looked at how active children are today, compared with years ago. Sometimes this is hard to believe when you read about the childhood obesity rates but this is clearly still a real issue.
As parents, how can you encourage children to be active? It doesn’t always have to be expensive after school activities.
- encourage outdoor play at home
- head to the local park
- go for a family walk
- go out on scooters or bikes
- walk or scoot to school – if you live too far away you could park nearby and walk the last bit
- dance around the house together
- head to your local swimming pool
Many local swimming pools have free family sessions, holiday sessions etc, so try to take advantage of those. Swimming can be great fun for all the family and help to encourage children to be active whilst having fun together.
Make sure you have a good product with you for the showers afterwards, we like this 3 in 1 from Childs Farm because it can be used on the whole family, even newborns and it acts as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
Aside from organised activities, what are your favourite ways to encourage your children to be active?