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Most kids cringe at the sight of broccoli or brussel sprouts on their plate. If it doesn’t look good, children believe it will not taste good. Presentation goes a long way with kids. Children always recoil at the sight of anything green on their plates.
And nowadays, many kids would rather stay inside and play on their tablets than go outdoors and be active. It’s a shame, really. Because I personally remember playing outside all day, every day, as a kid. As parents, it’s our job to instill activity into our kids’ lives so they live a more healthy one. And it’s important they learn to be active from a young age.
I find that the key is making it fun for your children. Here are a few ways you can help your kids enjoy living a healthy lifestyle:
Get Them To Eat The Rainbow
Eating the color of the rainbow is a phrase many nutritionists use to describe how you should design your diet. Ideally, you should eat as many colorful foods as possible. So much so that your daily diet resembles that of a rainbow! And when you provide colorful foods to your kids’ plates, this can make the food look fun and inviting. While you’re at it, get creative with the meals you make – healthy food doesn’t have to be boring! Put together colorful meals that look and taste great, and your kids will be waiting at the dinner table with huge smiles on their faces every night.
Make Exercise More Like A Game
If you try to force a child to exercise, it probably will not go down well. However, if your children naturally gravitate towards a sport, it makes it a lot easier for them to get some physical activity in. Also, if they have gym class in school, that helps as well.
But, what about at home, are they as active as they can be? More often than not, they aren’t. So, you may have to make exercise seem fun, and the best way to do this is by making a game out of it. My advice is to get a kids’ trampoline for indoors or the backyard. Trampolines are great for exercise. It’s an easy way to get them active, while also making them happy.
Exercise With Them
Exercise is important for everyone! And if you’re active, your kids will be too. After all, they learn from watching you. I often exercise in my basement to free exercise videos on YouTube. My girls always want to join in. And most times they never finish, but any bit of activity is good for them. You can also take them to the zoo in the summertime – there’s a lot of walking involved there; and in the winter, go ice skating as a family. Any activity is good for your body… so keep moving and they will want to as well.
Get A Family Dog
Lastly, this idea is one of the best if you’re looking for an excuse to get a pet. With a family dog, your children will soon be begging to go outside as often as possible, to play fetch with the dog. Also, a dog needs exercise too, so the whole family can make taking walks a part of your daily routine, weather permitting. The all-round health benefits it can lead to are quite remarkable really. Plus, bringing a lovely little animal into your home, gives your children some company. This is an excellent idea if you only have one child.
Making a healthy lifestyle can be fun! And it’s important to encourage activity, and lead by example.