8 Ways to Motivate Children to Exercise

Most parents want their children or teens to be moving more.

Battling screen time can be a constant mission, going for a walk doesn’t spark as much interest as playing video games for most young people.

But before you give up, here’s some tips to motivate your child towards maintaining good health and moving more:

  1. Make it Fun: Children are more likely to engage in physical activity if they find it fun. Encourage your child to participate in activities that they enjoy, such as playing catch, going for a walk, or playing a sport.
  1. Lead by Example: Children often follow the examples set by their parents. So, make sure you engage in physical activity yourself. This can be a great opportunity to spend quality time with your child and bond over exercise.
  1. Set Goals: Children are more likely to be motivated if they have something to work towards. Encourage your child to set goals, such as running a certain distance, participating in a sports competition, or improving their time.
  1. Reward Them: Children respond well to rewards. Set up a reward system for when your child reaches a physical activity goal. This could be something as simple as a treat or a fun outing.
  1. Create a Routine: Regular exercise is important, so make sure you establish a routine for your child. Encourage them to engage in physical activity at the same time every day. This will help them form healthy habits and make exercise a part of their daily routine.
  1. Encourage Physical Play: Physical play is a great way for children to exercise and have fun at the same time. Encourage your child to play outside with friends, ride a bike, or participate in a group sport.
  1. Get Them Involved in a Sport: Sports can be a great way to motivate children to exercise. Encourage your child to try out different sports and find one that they enjoy. Joining a team can also help them form new friendships and encourage teamwork.
  1. Mix it Up: Children can quickly get bored if they are doing the same exercise routine every day. Mix things up by encouraging your child to try new activities or switch up their routine. This will keep them engaged and motivated.

It goes without saying that motivating your child to exercise is important for their physical and mental health. With some intentional action, it’s entirely possible to help your child develop a love for exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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