9 ways to Encourage Your Child to be Physically Active!
1. Talk with your child's doctor. Your child's doctor can help your child understand why physical activity is important.
2. Find a fun activity. Help your child find a sport that she enjoys. The more she enjoys the activity, the more likely she will continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.
3. Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate. For example, a 7- or 8-year-old child is not ready for weight lifting or a 3-mile run, but soccer, bicycle riding, and swimming are all appropriate activities.
4. Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.
5. Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child's equipment and chosen site for the sport or activity are safe.
6. Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
7. Be a role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves. 8. Play with your child. Help her learn a new sport.
9. Turn off the TV. Limit TV watching and computer use. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of total screen time, including TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities.