As you know we’ve been blessed with a large family. I’ve got two girls and five boys. Like all parents, I worry about their health and fitness. I do my best to make healthy meals, offer filling snacks, and model good behavior. One day as I was out exercising I began thinking about the kinds of exercise the kids are getting.
Right now we don’t do organized sports, but I realized that my kids are extremely active without joining a sports team. And because we homeschool, they also don’t participate in P.E. in a school setting.
I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things we do to stay active as a family and see what you do to model good behavior to the kids in your family – rather sons/daughters or other children you have regular contact with.
Here are some things my family does to stay active and fit:
- Greatly limit television and video games. In fact, we have movie night once a week and that’sall theTV for the four smallest boys. Video games are occasional and time limits are strictly enforced.
- Portray exercise in a positive light. I try to never complain about exercising, but rather tell them how much I like it. (Fortunately this is now true!)
- Don’t sit down when I can get up. I really try to not send the kids on errands around the house that I can do myself.
- Engage them in play. In our own yard, we play:
- ride bikes
- I don’t always get out there with them, but there are enough times that I do that they realize I think those things are fun to do and activities I enjoy also.
- If it’s raining or cold outside, we relax the “no running in the house” rule and when the boys get going with a good game of Star Wars tag or just “Chase Your Brother Until He Can’t Run Anymore” I just try and tune it out. I find a nice cup of hot tea helps a bit.
- Nothing organized, but just get outside and use our imaginations! (Which is what they are doing in the picture above!)
This has all helped my kids stay active and at a healthy weight for their age and height. And of course, they don’t drink sodas ever or eat junk very often. That helps too!
What ideas do you have to keep kids active and fight the whole childhood obesity dilemma? Diane