7 Ways You Can Get Your Kids Excited About Fitness

 

When your kids and family are excited about fitness, you can get excited about fitness. Starting your kids early with health and fitness habits is the best way to build a lifelong commitment to making smart, healthy choices. Here are seven ways you can get your kids excited about fitness:

1. Reward Them
Get your kids excited about fitness by planning a reward after engaging in some type of physical activity. If you and your kids are running around the park or going for a hike, stop and get a treat after. This is a great way to positively reinforce the behavior, while enjoying spending time together.

2. Do it Together
If you have trouble motivating your kids to be active on their own, doing it together is a great way to get them excited. Kids love spending time with their family, whether they care to admit it or not. Plus, you will burn a few extra calories by incorporating activity with your kids into your day — a win-win for everyone!

3. Plan Fun Fitness Activities
You and your kids may think that working out just involves lifting weights or running, but quite the opposite is true! Fitness can be fun. Plan fitness activities that the entire family will enjoy. A sport, a swim, or hiking are non-traditional exercises that can be quite fun and get your heart pumping.

4. Include Their Friends
By including your kids’ friends in the physical activity, they will enjoy it even more. Your kids will see it as spending time with their friends and will look forward to doing so. Then, you can enjoy fun fitness activities with your kids and their friends. Plus, more people equals more fun!

5. Ask Them for Input
One of the best ways to get your kids excited about fitness is by simply asking them what they would like to do. Do not limit their options to traditional forms of working out. Instead, ask them if there is perhaps a sport or activity that they love doing. If they enjoy watching a certain sport, this could be something fun to try and get some exercise doing so.

6. Take Breaks
Fitness is not all about going all out. Instead, be mindful of taking breaks, so that no one gets too worn out. Breaks can be fun and include their favorite refueling drink, such as Gatorade or Powerade, or a delicious snack.

7. Celebrate Accomplishments
Finally, make sure that you celebrate their accomplishments. Whether it is scoring a goal in a backyard soccer game or running a new trail, celebrating accomplishments is the best way to keep your kids excited and motivated to get active.

Encouraging your kids to live a healthy and fit lifestyle starts now. Build good habits and make fitness fun. Then, they will enjoy doing these activities throughout their entire life. Give these tips a try and see if you can make fitness fun and exciting for your kids!

 

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