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Children are actively moving is a sign that he is in good he alth and growing well. However, not a few children are lazy to move and feel more comfortable spending time on the gadget screen for hours. Well, there are several ways you can do so that your child can continue to actively move
Playing and moving are activities that are often done by children. However, some children may choose to spend time playing games or watching television.
This habit is certainly not good for he alth and growth. Therefore, the role of parents is needed to encourage children to be more active in moving.
Benefits of Physical Activity and Routine Sports for Children's He alth
To stay he althy and fit, children need to regularly move or exercise for at least 60 minutes every day. By being active and getting used to exercising regularly, children will get the following benefits:
- Maintain ideal body weight and prevent obesity
- Reducing the risk of various diseases, such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease
- Improve muscle, joint and bone strength
- Building children's self-confidence
- Improve memory, concentration and intelligence
- Supporting the process of child development
Some Creative Ways to Get Children Active
If your little one has been lazy to move and rarely does exercise, you can try some tips to make your child more active:
1. Turning physical activity into a game
To make it more fun and less boring for children, create games that involve lots of physical activity. Through these types of games, children will feel happy and excited when they do it.
Mom can invite your little one to play at home occasionally, for example throwing and catching a ball, jumping rope, playing badminton, or hide-and-seek in the yard. So that physical activity does not make your little one bored quickly, try to make a schedule about the types of games you want to play every day.
2. Looking for activity references on social media
Children sometimes still don't know what physical activities they enjoy or enjoy doing. If your little one doesn't know it yet, you can look for various references on the internet or social media about exciting activities that you can do with your little one.
3. Inviting children in group games
In general, children prefer to play with many friends. In addition, playing in groups can also train children's social interaction skills with their surroundings.
In this case, you can try to train your little one to play with family, neighbors, or school friends. Mothers can also include their little ones in clubs that they enjoy, such as swimming or soccer for children.
However, during a pandemic like today, group physical activity may increase the risk of your little one being exposed to the Corona virus. Therefore, to be safer, you can invite your little one to take part in virtual physical activities, such as online gymnastics classes for children.
4. Make physical activity a reward
Forcing children to do physical activities will only make them more lazy to move.
Therefore, you can give a kind of “gift”, for example by letting your little one play ball if he can finish his homework on time. This method can grow his enthusiasm to stay active.
5. Limiting time in front of the gadget screen
Nowadays, more and more children are spending time sitting watching television shows, staring at computer screens, or playing games on mobile phones. This habit will certainly make the child rarely move. Mothers should be firm and limit their little one's time in front of the gadget screen to a maximum of 1 hour per day.
To make your little one not spend too much time in front of the gadget screen, avoid placing computers and televisions in the child's room. Mothers also need to supervise the Little One when he uses the cellphone so as not to exceed the playing time limit.
6. Giving compliments
Giving praise to children after physical activity can motivate them to return to the activity. In addition, giving praise to children can also increase their self-confidence.
Therefore, Mother is advised to give praise to the Little One when he succeeds in various physical activities and simple games.
7. Setting a regular schedule
Mothers should make physical activity a routine agenda that is carried out with the Little One. Physical activities that are often done regularly can help your little one remember when he has to do activities, for example playing soccer with relatives at home after school.
8. Setting an example for children
In general, children will observe and imitate the habits of their parents. Therefore, if you and your partner like to do physical activities, your little one will imitate and apply it in their daily life.
If you have tried various ways to get your child to be more active, but he is still lazy to exercise, try following some of these tips:
- If conditions are safe and the distance allows, try accompanying the child on foot to school.
- Try some of the most popular sports, such as rollerblading and cycling.
- Ask your child to bring their favorite pet around the house.
- Invite and accompany the children to play kites in the yard.
When your child is active in sports or physical activity, don't forget to accompany and monitor them carefully. This is important to prevent injury to the child when he moves a lot.
If you have implemented some of the tips above, but your little one still doesn't show interest in physical activity, try to consult a doctor, especially if he is obese or looks lethargic and has no appetite.