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7 Tips on How to Get Your Family to Be More Active ...

By Alicia

Are you looking for advice on how to get your family to be more active? Many moms are. They want their family to be a healthy one and know that exercise is a big part of that. But it is sometimes hard to get everyone motivated and off of the couch. These are some great ideas to help you figure out how to get your family to be more active.

1 Be Active Yourself

The very first step in figuring out how to get your family to be more active is to be active yourself. You have to set an example for them. It really is true that children are more likely to mimic what you do versus what you say. Telling them being active is good for them is not going to make as much impact as actually living an active lifestyle before them. When they see that mom makes an effort to exercise daily, they are going to be much more likely to make that part of their own life, even if it isn’t until they are young adults themselves.

2 Invite Active Play

Make being active fun. Spend time with your kids outside and run with them. Play Frisbee or catch. Participate in playing tag or hide and seek with them. Make it a goal to do whatever gets them up and moving around.

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3 Enroll Your Kids in Activities

I am not an advocate for having your children be overscheduled, but I do think that it is a good thing to have them in one or two activities that encourage exercise. There are so many options that kids can choose from to be active now. There is soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, dance and many others. Surely there is something that every child can enjoy.

4 Limit Screen Time

One reason that families are not as active as they should be is that they have too much screen time. Our family loves our electronic devices as much as the next family, but the truth is that they do interfere with our ability to be active. Sometimes it is just best to have a limit for screen time. This frees your kids up to do so many other things. They are really missing out on a lot of fun things, like just going outside to play, if they are constantly using their electronics.

5 Take Walks

A walk is healthy for everyone. So why not enjoy taking a walk as a family? It is the perfect after dinner activity. It doesn’t cost you anything. It is a great way to get a little exercise in while getting some time together as a family, too.

6 Make Exercise Fun

Here is one of the beautiful things about children. Children do not know any different to what you teach them. If you teach them that exercise is fun, they are going to believe that exercise is fun. If you act like exercise is a chore to be dreaded, that is what they will learn. You have a lot of impact over their thoughts and feelings about being active by how you portray yours.

7 Make Exercise Part of Daily Living

There are parts of our lives that we all know are needful and good for us. We know we need sleep and healthy foods. We also need exercise. If you treat your need for exercise, and your children’s need for exercise, as a need to be healthy, that is what it will be. It won’t be something that you have to think about because it is just understood that it is necessary.

It is a difficult task to get your family to be active but it can be done. Is your family an active family? How have you accomplished that?

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