Three ways to keep kids active into their teens

As technology moves forward, it has become more and more difficult for parents to unplug their children from the electronic world.  With distractions like cell phones, laptops, television and video games, it is easy for kids to lose themselves in the lure of today’s gadgets. Is there any way parents can combat against technology’s grip this summer?

Fortunately, the answer is yes. By engaging kids in recreational activities early, parents can worry less about having future couch-potatoes in the family. Luckily, with school out and summer having arrived, here are a few hot ideas to get your kids out in the sun and off their bums.

Take fitness classes together

If you’re interested in joining class at your local gym or just want to find a fun way to exercise, why not bring your kids along for the ride? With school being out for the summer, there are plenty of fun fitness classes you can take that will engage you and the kids. Zumba dance is a fun and funky way to move your body and make sure you work up a sweat. Kickboxing is also a cool activity that’s a full body work-out for the whole family!

Have them participate sports

As a kid, I loved team sports. Though softball season usually ended before the summer season, I loved going to camps where team sports and group participation were a necessary part of a regular day. The fun of healthy competition, including the rush of adrenaline and joy that came with winning, were feelings I relished during those long summers of my childhood.

If your child is searching for a summer activity, try having them try out for a sport or enrolling them within a day camp. It provides them with a great opportunity to get outside and be active, in addition to teaching them the values of teamwork, patience, and the fun of a healthy competition.

Set an example

Believe it or not, you are the greatest influence to your child. The choices you make set a precedent to the decisions your child may make in their future.  By setting an example and choosing to have an active and healthy life for yourself, your kid may also want to follow in your footsteps.

Electronics may be cool for a while, but an active lifestyle will benefit your child’s health longer than they think. However, no matter what you decide to take up, just make sure it’s fun. Kids won’t do anything they don’t enjoy, so be sure to find an activity that balances fitness and fun equally.

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