How to convince your kids to get off the couch

 

 

I once read that if one of the parents is obese or overweight, there’s a 50/50 chance that at least one of the kids becomes obese, as well. Whether it’s the habits or just genetics, the fact of the matter is that we have to keep an eye on our health and that of children.

The biggest problem that most people are confronted with is that they have busy schedules, sometimes might even need the services of a nanny or babysitter, and rarely go out and exercise themselves, let alone with their kids. Over the years, I’ve tried to convince my kids to get off that couch, and to some degree, I think I’ve succeeded.

That’s why I came up with the idea of writing an article about the things that I did specifically to achieve this purpose. First of all, despite the fact that we didn’t particularly need one, I got ourselves a nice dog. As you know, every dog has to be walked several times a day, and since the kids were extremely enthusiastic about the idea of owning a pet, I made sure to tell them over and over again that it would be their responsibility. There’s nothing stopping you from walking the dog together during the weekends or whenever you all have the time.

The next tip I can tell you is that you should try to create a schedule in your head with the exact moments when everyone has the time to engage in some physical exercise. One of these moments is right after you pick the kids from school or after dinner. Instead of watching the news or a football game, go outside and play some football.

While some children are introverts, others like communicating with their peers, so try to create some kind of a routine where your kid invites his or her best friend whenever he feels like. Why not invite the entire family of your child’s buddy and go on a hike together?

Ideally, you should try to go out and breathe in some fresh air as often as possible. However, since not all people can do this on a regular basis, the least thing that you can do is combine exercise with apparently boring moments. If you are watching your favorite TV show together, you can do several pushups during every commercial break. It might not sound like a lot, but the fact is that all of these small changes amount to something far bigger than you’d think. You’ll be able to create healthy habits for your children that they’ll hopefully keep as adults, as well.

Finally, I have to add that nothing works better than blackmail. If your kid’s a teenager who wants to get his girlfriend a gift that he can’t afford out of his allowance, you can create a reward system that involves washing the dishes, taking out the trash, mowing the lawn, and any other chores that might need doing in your home. You’ll be paying your boy, of course, but he’ll learn both the meaning of work and he won’t avoid using his muscles if that’s what’s needed for the cause.

 

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