One of the most timeless struggles for parents and their kids is to get up off the couch. Technology has made it very easy to live a sedentary lifestyle, and the shift in culture is showing in our waistlines.
In some places, allowing your children to become obese due to poor lifestyle choices is considered child abuse or neglect. It is important that we teach our children the value of working up a sweat. Here are a few creative ways to get your kids up off the couch and on their way to a healthier life.
Enroll kids in sports
It helps to instill an appreciation for fitness in your children from a young age. Urge your kids to join sports teams, and support them in their endeavors for victory. Youth sports is one of the most engaging ways to keep your kids fit and healthy.
Get everyone a bicycle
Get everyone in the family a bicycle, and go riding together. Riding a bike makes you work your whole body, and it’s a fun way to get around. Make sure to find a safe area for bike riders, so there is little danger of being hit by a car or injured by the environment.
Play paintball with the family
A healthy game of paintball with the family is sure to get them up and moving. If shoot-em-up games are a favorite in your household, take it to the paintball course. Practice your real-life shooting skills in a safe and jovial environment, and work your whole body while doing so.
Raise a veggie garden together
From beginning to harvest, raising a veggie garden takes quite of bit of physical labor and upkeep. Not only would you be teaching your children healthy dietary alternatives, but you would be providing ample opportunity to get up off the couch.
Assign outdoor chores
If it takes a bit of enforcement to get your kids up off the couch, try assigning a few outdoor chores. Once they get used to the routine, going outside won’t be as much of a “hassle.” Get your kids to mow the lawn, weed eat, and do other general upkeep around the yard.
Invest in fitness gadgets
Technology has made us lazy, but it is desperately working to repair that relationship. Invest in fitness gadgets like the FitBit or an Apple Watch to encourage your family to track their daily health decisions.
Build your own Ninja Warrior course
American Ninja Warrior is all the rage with modern kids. Try erecting your own Ninja course in the backyard, and challenge your family to conquer the obstacles. It’s a great way to build agility, strength, and endurance.