Most of us know that regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and that obesity is a growing problem in America for kids and adults alike. But when it comes down to the daily grind, many parents are unsure of how to instill healthy habits in their kids in the face of increasing use of technology and often, the parents’ own sedentary lifestyle. What can you do? Read on to learn 3 ways to help your kids get more exercise.
- Make it fun- Try to include more physically active pursuits in your family’s fun days. Instead of a movie, come to our indoor bounce house fun center! You can even make a normal walk around your neighborhood more fun by making it into a game. For instance, everyone takes turns calling out a different movement- skipping, running, giant steps, etc.
- Lead by example- If you act like exercise is a drag, your kids will pick up on it. It can be hard if you’re used to being sedentary, but try to keep a positive attitude and show your kids that fitness can be fun. Incorporating more movement into your own daily routine will help them learn to do the same when they’re older.
- Limit screen time- Let’s face it, most of us are a little too plugged in to our technology, kids included. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, screen time should be limited to 1-2 hours per day for kids over 2 (not including homework) and no screen time for kids under 2. Limiting your child’s time with TV, video games, tablets, etc. has many benefits, including making more time for active and imaginative play.
At Fun-E Farm, our founder is a physical education teacher and mother of two. Our goal is to provide a safe, clean, and most of all fun place where kids can enjoy active play, instilling a love of exercise from an early age. To learn more about our indoor inflatable playground in Kingston, New York, check out our Barnyard Bouncin’ page, and be sure to check out our current specials!
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