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There are so many ways to get your kids involved in exercise. There's the obvious ways like signing your kids up for sports and other activities as well as making them get off the electronics and encouraging them to get off the couch. To me those seem obvious, but maybe not.
My kids are VERY active. They do play sports and Ella also dances about 8 hours a week. I try very hard to limit their iPods and iPads and encourage them to get out there and just play. You know-- be kids. So there's that, but there's other ways too.
When my kids were little I would take them to the gym with me. Often times, 4 to 5 times a week. We'd go to gym and they just knew it was part of their day. They knew I was exercising and they knew I was doing it to be HEALTHY. When they got old enough, I would push them in the jogging stroller and eventually they graduated to riding bikes or scooters with me while I ran. To this day I still exercise WITH my kids.
|Running with Nicholas|
|Swimming with Jack|
While all of that is nice, none of that is what I think has gotten my kids involved in actual exercise. I can honestly say, I play a VERY ACTIVE role in keeping my kids involved in exercise simply by LEADING BY EXAMPLE.
Yes, that deserves an ALL caps because I think it's oh so important. Have you ever heard your child say a phrase and it sounds like something you always say? Ever watch your kids mannerisms and think, gee he looks just like my husband when he does that? There's a reason your kid sounds and acts like you. It's because they're watching and they're learning and they do what YOU do. They live what they learn.
My kids have all done triathlons. This one takes a little more coercing to get them to do it because they're afraid of the swim, but they always happy they did it in the end. My kids would NEVER have even considered a triathlon had they not seen me doing it.
CrossFit-- they've tried it.
I know when my kids come see me at a race it's boring for them, but it's also teaching them through seeing. They know that I've trained and they know it's hard work, but until they've seen it, I don't think they really appreciate it. So yeah, make your child suffer through a race or two of yours. It will be worth it. Who knows, you might actually inspire them.
So what can you do to get your kids involved in exercise? You can get involved yourself. Remember, monkey see, monkey do!
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