We are in the 21st century where running means running in temple run, racing happens in video games, football is played on PS III and cricket is played only with remote controls. Somewhere in the midst of embracing new technology, the lines between the virtual and real world are slowly diminishing.
However, we as adults, need to realize that no amount of entertainment can replace your kids’ requirement for physical activity. The growing age of kids requires atleast 60 minutes of moderate – vigorous intensity physical activity, according to AHA (American Heart Association).
We as parents are also responsible for the wellbeing of our children and the choices we make impacts them.
Some basic tips to get your kids going:
- Setting aside play time:
Each day, set aside 45-60 minutes when kids are not bombarded with studies, tutorials, classes etc. and is specially reserved as “PLAY TIME”. This should not include sedentary games and hobby activities. Try and develop their interest in games like cricket, football, badminton, tennis, etc.
- Walk it up:
Try and inculcate a habit of walking rather than taking an auto/cab everytime. Make them walk to the nearest grocery store, to the hobby class or to a friend’s place.
- Keep it fun and exciting:
Kids love challenges, so it’s always interesting to keep them guessing. Involve your friends’ with their kids and try out new games and activities.
- Exercise with Parents:
It’s a great way to bond with your kids over exercise. Basic floor exercises/ Yoga/ Stretches etc. are some of the activities that can be performed at home along with your kids. This also reinforces the importance of physical activity when they see that you too practice what you preach!
- Prep it up with props:
Simple props like skipping rods, hula loop etc are something to invest in! Kids love to play at home in their free-time. Give them these and the fun game turns into added 15-20 minute of physical activity.