Since physical exercise is an essential part of children's growth and development, they need to grow up with a positive attitude toward health and fitness. Not only does exercise increase their immunity against sickness, children who exercise tend to sleep better, do better academically, and are able to handle stress better. They also have fewer behavioral issues.
However, studies show that kids today often spend after-school hours at home focused on sedentary things such as TV, computers, and video games. The best way to counter this is by being active together as a family. Not only does exercising together keep you healthier and uplift your quality of life, it provides great opportunities to bond together as a family. Parents who eat healthily and exercise with their children on a regular basis are also helping them develop positive lifelong habits.
Finding physical activities to do together need not be costly. There are many exercise that are affordable and budget-friendly. It can be as simple as kicking a soccer ball, jogging around the subdivision, or even dancing goofily in the living room!
When it comes to staying fit, it’s never too early to start. Even toddlers can join in the family activities. Laurie Jane Dy Sun, current Program Director of The Little Gym Philippines, gives some practical tips on how parents can stay fit together with their kids: