Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Get Your Kids Involved With You in Sports

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It is important to teach our children the value of living a healthy lifestyle. Children tend to emulate their parents behaviors so it is great for parents to show their best. Parents are very smart to take this natural zest for learning and put it to good use by sharing healthy habits with your children. There are a wide range of activities you can do with your children to help them learn healthy habits.

Swimming is a great sport that you can share with your child.  It is very important to teach your children how to swim. Drowning kills many children every year.  This makes it even more important to teach your children to swim. Many local pool offer red cross swimming programs. If you swim with your child regularly, not only will they gain confidence, but they will become good swimmers and maybe become interested in doing it as a sport.

Another great sport you can get your children into is hiking. You children can benefit from hiking for two reasons. Not only will your child burn off energy hiking but they can also gain respect and knowledge about nature. You can begin hiking with your children at a very young age with them beign in a backpack.  The more you hike they more they will associate this as a normal part of their life. Kids won't feel like it is such a chore when they have been hiking as long as they can remember.

A third sport you could consider getting your children involved in from the time they are very young is bicycling. You can keep them involved with biking as they grow.  They can start out in a seat, then go to a pull behind cart, to a trail-a-bike, and then finally to a bike of their own. It is important that your child always has a properly fitted helmet on and that they see you ride with a helmet yourself.

Kids are like sponges. Children will soak up and emulate anything that they see. If they see exercise is a normal part of their life they will be more likely to continue this habit as a teen and into adulthood. It is harder to get a kid interested in a sport once they are past the early impressionable years.

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