Part of your job as a parent is to help your child develop a healthy body image and a healthy mind/body connection. While young kids are usually bursting with physical energy, 10 to 12-year-olds often have settled down a little bit and have become a little less interested in running around outside (and jumping off the walls). Because of this, many parents feel as though they should step in and encourage their tweens to develop healthy exercising habits.
Exercise can be totally fun and beneficial, and doesn’t have to be so serious. It can be enjoyable and has benefits for so many aspects in a tween’s life. According to fitness experts at Ace Fitness, students perform better in school and also have less stress and anxiety when they exercise regularly. It also aids in sleep and mental wellness. One thing you can do to encourage your kids to stay active is to enroll them in a sports program. Check out the sports programs on our marketplace if this interests you.
If you’re looking for other ways to encourage your kids to get moving, we have a few suggestions for you. Remember that there doesn’t have to be some sort of starting point, and as long as you are physically active, you are on the right path. There are various programs that tweens can participate in as well as methods to discover new information about fitness. The people from Let’s Move Initiative suggest that a child get about 60 minutes of physical activity for five days a week. What they do during those 60 minutes doesn’t matter so much, so feel free to get creative and encourage your kids to explore the activities that truly interest them.
Here are a few additional tips you can consider as you help your tween develop healthy exercising habits:
Find a fun activity.
Hula hooping, jump roping, and jogging are easy and fun activities that can add physical fitness to a tween’s schedule. By having fun, a tween may not look at the task as exhausting and feel more excited to participate.
Join a team sport.
As previously mentioned, exploring your options in terms of sports definitely isn’t a bad idea. In school or through outside programs, tweens will enjoy the benefits of sports teams. Physical activity meets team camaraderie to build interpersonal skills and a sense of well being.
Incorporate friends and family.
When others in their immediate circle participate in physical activities, they are more inclined to feel motivated. Activities like taking a walk after dinner with the family or riding bicycles with friends are simple ways to include those closest to the tween.
Make a plan.
With the help of the internet, you can research different exercises that are healthy and safe for tweens. Also, discussing physical fitness with your doctor can help to work up a safe, efficient, and fun exercise plan.
Find the time.
Remember that five days a week with 60 minutes of physical activity is the suggested amount of time for tweens to exercise. Create a schedule or plan out weekly the time you have for fitness activities. With the activities and tips above, you will be able to work some form of activity into the schedule of your busy 10 to 12-year old!