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How to Get Your Child Active

Exercise is the key to living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a way for children to develop strength and get physically fit. According to the recommended guidelines, they should be aiming for around 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. Unfortunately for many that isn’t the case, and they aren’t getting enough of it. If you’re struggling to get your child active, we have a set of ideas from an independent school in Surrey that you can use.

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Do More as a Family

As the holidays are approaching, you will likely have more time to spend with the kids and will need to find ways of blocking out time so that they aren’t on their devices all day. One of the things that you can do is go on outings. Something like a hike or nature trail. It will give you the chance to bond, explore the outdoors and do some exercise whilst they aren’t doing much.   

Walk More 

With higher expenses, there is definitely a need to find cheaper alternatives and what better than walking? Instead of taking your car or the bus to where you need to go, you can walk there which will not only save you fuel but also help you to get more steps in as a family. 

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Incentivise Exercise

If they’re still not budging or the above aren’t realistic for you, you can also work to their interests. Incentivise exercise by creating a reward system where screen time is awarded on the basis of exercise and outdoor play.

Sports Clubs

Sport is a great way to get your child to do exercise without realizing it. They will have fun and the opportunity to explore a talent that they otherwise wouldn’t. Football, swimming, and netball are just a few examples of ones that schools host and there are many more outside of this that they may want to explore like karate and martial arts.

These are just a few examples of how you can incorporate exercise into their day. As well as upping their exercise, you may also want to consider nutrition as it plays more of a role in staying fit and healthy. Exploring this from an early age will make it easier, help them to develop good habits for the future and guarantee a better quality of life as it will reduce the risk of obesity related health conditions like type 2 diabetes.

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