Some days it's near impossible to encourage the kids to move away from the computer, television or video game and get them outside for some fresh air. While this might not be a problem during a cold and wet winter, in summer there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the great outdoors and the health benefits it can offer. The health benefits range from increased vitamin D levels to improved fitness and stronger muscles and bones. It’s also good to give their eyes a break from constant screen time.
How to motivate kids to play outside
Kids will kick up a fuss if they are being made to do something they don't find fun, so find ways to accommodate activities they enjoy
. Younger children can be enthralled by things as simple as kicking a ball around or learning how to ride a tricycle. You can make it easy for them by having the equipment right there ready in your backyard, or by taking them to parks and playgrounds where they can run around. Make sure you're always supportive and encouraging when they want to get moving.
Try to get your school-age child or teenager out of the house and into the sunshine through group oriented activities like hiking, team sports
or dance. If necessary, limit the amount of time per day they spend using technology, which might force them to get out and about! Remember, you don't have to push your child to be a professional athlete or to become particularly competitive. Promote exercise
in itself as a fun and worthwhile activity, where regular movement and trying new things are what matters rather than winning medals or trophies.
The more your kids can step back from electronic devices and enjoy exercise and the outdoors, the healthier they're likely to be, reducing their chances of becoming overweight or developing weight and lifestyle related illnesses in the future. Why not be a great role model and help your child develop healthy lifestyle practices by getting involved as well!