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Ten top tips for kids physical fitness
Do your kids get enough exercise? Like most parents, you are probably worried about the poor state of your kids' fitness...or their total lack of fitness altogether.
Kids today just do not get enough exercise. The Lure of dozens of screens, with hundreds of functions in almost as many sizes is leading to record levels of obesity in kids as young as six years old and well into their teens.
To help you cope with the fitness vacuum, here are ten tips you can apply in your kid's life before it is too late:
A) Kick them out. It is a proven fact that kids who are throwing balls, skipping rope, chasing each other and climbing on structures are more fit than kids who sit around the house. Just one detail...don't kick their cell phones and their iPods and their other anti-fitness equipment out with them.
B) Try more physical playing with your children. Chase your kids around. Bonus, you get exercise too.
C) Make Christmas a celebration of fitness. No, don't chase your kids up the tree...just give them some fitness toys instead of toys they would play sitting down.
D) Make fitness a family affair. You have probably already noticed how hard it is to find time to do things together as a family. This is your golden opportunity. The element of peer pressure (the whole family is going, so you can't skip out) will help the kids keep on track. And let's face the facts – it's not easy to keep fit when you are a parent. So why not find a family fitness center near you?
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E) Choose hydraulic fitness equipment for your children. You will normally find these only at fitness centers (another reason to make fitness a family affair) What makes hydraulics special, is that they don't need to be adjusted for each child. The resistance depends on the force exerted. So your 6 year old, who pushes with less intensity, will face less resistance than your 12 year old, who will face more. This is far superior to weights, where you have to keep adjusting the amount of weight until you get it right.
F) Try circuit training. This is also best done at a fitness center, because circuit training involves a variety of machines, all set up in a circuit. Kids accustomed to computer games, are less likely to be bored by circuit training, because they are constantly on the move from one machine to the other.
G) Sign them up for an organized physical activity, one where they will develop a sense of accomplishment . That sense of accomplishment is the motivation that keeps them going. It does not need to be competitive, but it does need to provide them with goals to work for. For example, sign them up for a dance class where there is a show to practice for at the end of the year. Or a swimming class where they can achieve various levels right up to certified life guard.
H) Don't just sign your kids up for a physical activity. Have them practice it at home...only, don't call it practice. That sounds too much like homework. Ask them instead to show you how good they are. That sounds a lot more like showing off and getting quality attention. (The ask them to show Aunt Penelope and cousin Bart and the next door neighbor and...)
I) Unplug the TV. If you can't limit their watching to an hour a day, limit the days on which you plug it in. Ditto for the computer and any other addictive screen-based electronic gadget.
J) Your kids won't like me for this one, but give your kids more household chores...specifically those that involve physical activity like mowing, raking and vacuuming. Caveat: this means that you will have to find new forms of exercise (but I think we covered that in the chasing your kids around and taking them to a family fitness center.
K) Walk more in real life. Do you take the stairs or the escalators? Well, so do your kids. Take them on the healthy route. Do you park near to a store (where your car will get dinged by other car doors) and deprive your kids and yourself from your rightful walking? Or do you park far away from the store where your car is safe from dents and where your kids and you are safe from inertia.
Oops. That's eleven. Oh well, you get a bonus tip.
So just what is a parent to do? Chase your kids right onto hydraulic fitness equipment at the nearest fitness center, give them more fitness-oriented equipment for Christmas (to replace the TV and gadgets they would otherwise play with) and put your children to work around the house.
About the Author: You can learn more about kids youth fitness equipment, or about other Edge Fitness Equipment products. The writer is David Leonhardt , a freelance SEO writer.