How To Teach Kids To Exercise

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By Dhmhtrhs Papadopoulos

kidsjumpingIt’s one thing to keep yourself fit – but keeping others in good shape is an entirely different kettle of fish. You already know the ins and outs of your body quite literally like the back of your hand. You know what you like to eat, what quantity of food will lead you to put on weight, and how much exercise you need to keep yourself energised.

But everybody and everybody is different. Some are fat and need to control their diets, others are too thin and need to bulk up if they want to reach their fullest fitness potential. And the vast majority of us barely know how to look after our own bodies.

Evidence of this is the sheer number of people who shovel food down their gullets without consideration for the long-term damage they’re doing to their body. And training kids to stay fit is an even more mammoth task.

Think of the number or kids who’ll avoid broccoli and love nothing more than sitting in front of the telly all day.

And trying to motivate a lazy child is like getting blood from a stone. Give them too much leeway and they’ll plop back down on the settee and gain more weight than Johnny Vegas on a burger binge.

So you’ll have to come up with a few tricks to keep your kids feeling fit and healthy. That’s why we’ve come up with a few tips to help you out. Take a look.

Get a course

Training your kids up doesn’t require military style strictness, but it does require communication skills and applied knowledge to get the most from your little sprogs.

Personal training courses are available online and can give you the information you need to train kids and adults alike, and make sure they stay healthy. Choose the right one and you’ll enjoy nutritional information, in-depth exercise regimes and motivation techniques to get your kids off the sofa and fighting fit.

Study for long enough and you could even graduate to a professional level.

Use the carrot

Kids are, let’s face it, selfish little blighters. They need to know that they’ll receive some kind of benefit from their actions, some kind of reward. It’s the reason why you struggle to get your child to eat their greens without coercion. They don’t see the benefit.

So put a carrot on that exercising stick to keep your kids healthy. Promise them something they’ll enjoy if they do some exercise, like getting an hour of iPad time after going running.

Above all, make exercising fun. Without a sense of joy in your routines, your kids will become the type of person who doesn’t understand what goodness their body needs.

Why It Is Difficult To Teach Health And Fitness Lessons To Children

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By Diana Maria

momkidsrunHealth and fitness have become major concerns for parents as well as school administrators and teachers across the world. With the obesity epidemic wrecking havoc with the health of young kids, the issue has garnered a lot of attention and a lot of emphasis is now being placed on improving the fitness and health of school kids. Here are a few key reasons that have a bearing on the teaching of fitness and health.

1. Not getting the right kind of support at home or school

When children don’t get the right kind of support at home, it becomes very difficult for teachers to manage their fitness and health through school programs alone. The fact remains especially true for grade and middle school kids as they aren’t always independent enough to make good food choices on their own. It is a bit easier to impart such teachings to older school kids though they too may not be able to break free of unhealthy eating habits that they have learnt at home. Similarly, kids that come from very health conscious homes may find it difficult to sustain the same attitude towards healthy eating and fitness if their school curriculum doesn’t include sports and physical activities and if they only have access to unhealthy food and snacks in the school campus.

2. Lack of a fitness culture

Studies have shown that regions and cities that lack a proper fitness culture find it more difficult to impart health and fitness lessons to school kids in comparisons to cities and regions that were more sporty” in comparison. Fitness culture mainly refers to the popularity of fitness related activity amongst the general population of a region. Cities that favor outdoor physical activities like roller blading, biking, hiking, surfing etc. are more likely to have healthier and more fitness oriented school kids than cities whose population prefers a more sedentary lifestyle.

3. Lack of sports infrastructure

Sports infrastructure and sports leagues for school kids allow them the chance to develop a healthier and more fitness oriented lifestyle. It is observed that regions with limited sports tournaments for school kids generally had less fit children in their schools while regions with healthy sports tournaments and leagues had fitter school children on an average.

4. Lack of healthy food options

kidseatinghealthyA lot of people associate health food with higher priced and specialty foods. However, when we talk about school kids, healthy food constitutes nothing more than mindful food choices at home and at school. School kids that brought bagged lunches from home or had access to healthier food and snacks at school are more likely to eat more mindfully for the rest of their lives. However, schools that offer unhealthy snacks like high fat fries and overly sugary snacks and drinks are more likely to have overweight and obese children. Also, children hailing from families that indulge in unhealthy eating habits are also likely to maintain those poor food choices through their lives.

5. Limited school budgets

One of the biggest contributors to the obesity epidemic in school children is the sheer lack of budget for fitness and sports departments in schools. Schools that have these financial cuts to deal with often opt to keep only the most popular sport going and cut all the other programs. Since only a very small fraction of the kids at the entire school are likely to make it into these teams, the percentage of children at the school that are healthy and fit also dwindles.

6. Parents with no time for outdoor activities

It is a well known fact that kids pick up a majority of their habits from the environment that they are raised in. parents that work two or more jobs or those who simply are too busy to indulge in outdoor activities with their children ever so often inadvertently pass on an unhealthy lifestyle to their children. Similarly, parents that is conscious about fitness and health and who make an effort to get out of the house often and indulge in some form of physical activity end up imparting a love of fitness and a healthy lifestyle to their kids.

– This Post is written by Diana. She is a writer/blogger. She writes articles on Technology, social media, wordpress, Gamification, travelling and health etc. These days she contributes on luxurious homes.

13 Steps To Teach Kids Love – The Power Of Positive Parenting

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By Diane Lang

familyrunKids have so much to teach us, so much we forget as reality takes over. We need to learn how to love everything around us: life, earth, others, etc. Kids know how to forgive, release and let go. So positive parenting isn’t about teaching how to love, it’s teaching kids to hold onto their love and reminding them how great life is. Kids are born with the knowledge of love not fear! As parents we need to remind them of this. Here are 13 tips to teach kids love through positive parenting:

1. Teach kids through example. Be the example, the role model, the mentor. Show the personality traits you want your kids to have. If you show kids love, warmth, kindness, patience and empathy, you will get it in return.

2. Teach them to want not to need. Teaching love is to remind kids they don’t need to be attached to any material objects and to be grateful for what they have.

3. Discipline is love. It shows your child you care.

4. Show love by being honest. It’s okay to say I don’t know. Be honest, clear, simple and to the point.

5. Show loyalty through actions. Make sure to give daily hugs, kisses, pats on the shoulder, hold hands, etc. Show love to your spouse; let your kids know there is a lot of love in the family.

6. Show kids love through praise. Let them know how proud of them you are with praise. Praise your child’s efforts so they stay motivated and don’t give up.

7. Show them love through listening. Be an active listener: use eye contact, don’t interrupt, show your listening with nods of the head, non verbal gestures, summarize what you just heard and ask questions.

8. Show your empathy by being an empathetic listener. Even if you don’t understand why your kids are upset, be empathetic. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine how they must feel. Respond with empathy.

9. Show love through communication. Ask how they are doing, what kind of day they had, how was school? Ask questions that involve more than a yes or no answer and be a great active, empathetic listener when communicating with children.

momdaugtherbike10. Teach kids to remain their authentic self and share their inner joy and light. We need to teach kids to hold onto their lightness.

11. Teach kids to be compassionate with random acts of kindness. Get kids involved in volunteering at an early age. When kids perform random acts of kindness they feel more respect for themselves and get a boost of happiness.

12. Teach your kids to love healthy foods by eating meals together. Let your kids be involved in the process. They can help make the menu, help with food shopping and even cooking. The more involved they are, the more likely they are to eat healthy and enjoy it. Teach kids to respect their body which is their true home.

13. Teach kids that mistakes are good. Mistakes are teachable moments that move us forward into a better path.

Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized author, educator, speaker, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living. Lang offers expertise in multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and Dover Business College.

Guest Post – Grace Bailey, Teach Your Children How To Eat Healthy

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overweighchildsmallWith child obesity becoming more of a serious problem than it has ever been, it is more than crucial to teach your kids how to eat properly. Eating habits are to be learned from the youngest age. And once they are learned, they stay. So, the sooner you try to teach your kids to eat healthy, the better. If they do it at home, they will do it at school and anywhere else, too.

Basically, the problems connected with kids’ ill eating habits are rooted in their household. When you, as a parent, prepare less and less homemade food and rather order your dinner from fast food franchises, it is only natural for the child to develop bad eating habits. It is true that kids are constantly exposed to all sorts of ‘bad foods’, but as a parent, it is your sole duty to keep them off of them. A few easy tricks, combined with balance, moderation and variety, in terms of meals, is the right way to do so.

1. Be a role model
Most parents complain that their kids would not eat this and that. However, what they do not realize is that they are the ones to blame for this problem. Rather than setting a good example, parents give a bad one, by not consuming healthy foods themselves. If there are cans of soda and packets of chips and various other snacks all around the house, you can’t expect your child to eat only fruits and veggies. Change your eating habits first, and then proceed with altering your kid’s.

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2. Take the kids shopping
This way you will make them not feel like prisoners who only eat what they are served. Give them the freedom to choose from couple of different types of foods. Needless to say, you will still need to stay away from the junk food shelves. Plus, this way they will see where food actually comes from (if they are still too young to explain them where it ACTUALLY comes from), see how it looks in its raw state, before being cooked. Explore different aisles with unprocessed foods – meat, fish, fruits, vegetables. If your child gets interested in a certain product, let him/her try it. He/she might like it.

3. Eating in moderation is OK
This also has to do with not making the kids feel as if they are captives, constantly being fed fruits and veggies. A cookie or two a day is perfectly fine. However, they must not accept the eating habit of “cookies in moderation, followed by chips in moderation and donuts in moderation”. This leads to nowhere.

4. Make each meal special
In order to change your child’s eating habits, you need to do your best. This includes preparing every dish in a special way. After all, if your kids don’t like green peppers (for example), you can’t expect them to start eating them by just serving the veggie sliced in a plate. Try harder. Make it a part of a special meal that includes red peppers. Boil, grill or stir fry. By altering the taste of the certain product at least a little bit, you will prove the child that it is not that icky after all.

Children are basically crazy about candy and various sugary products.

5. Sugar, spice and everything nice
Everybody knows almost every kid has a sweet tooth. Children are basically crazy about candy and various sugary products. So, if they refuse to eat fruit, simply sprinkle some sugar (preferably brown) on top. Or prepare a fruit salad with whipped cream

6. Have patience
Don’t expect your children to subdue right away. Give it some time, be patient and most importantly – don’t force them.

About the author – The mission of Grace is to help you create healthy and secure home for you and your beloved people. She enjoys sharing ideas of organizing and wholesome lifestyle.