Check out these staggering facts from healthychildren.org.
– Only 1 in 3 kids is physically active every day
– In sports practice, sports games, and P.E. class, less than 50% of the time spent in these activities involves moving enough to be considered physical activity
– Children and teens spend an average of 7 hours per day using some type of electronics for entertainment (YIKES!!)
– About 1 in 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese
You can play a key role in helping your child become more physically active by being a good role model. When children regularly see their parents enjoying sports and exercise, they’re more likely to engage in these activities, too.
It’s easy to involve your child in your workout routine so that exercise becomes a natural part of their daily life. For example, if you go for a run, your child can ride the bike alongside you. Some kids are driven by competition, so you can set up your workout as a series of challenges. Kids love to mimic, so let them do the workout right alongside you! If you’re doing planks, encourage your child to do them with you!
Whatever you do, get your kids involved! Building a habit of working out together will benefit everyone in the long run!