A Fitness Formula for Success for Your Child
By Jon Kahney, MS, CSCS
ProActive Kids Head Coach – Park Ridge
Just like Algebra, youth fitness can be complex with many variables. Here’s a quick equation that will help you get your child on the road to fitness success.
1) MODEL appropriate fitness behaviors for your child. Children will observe and mimic adult behaviors and habits. If you eat healthy and exercise regularly, so will your kids.
2) MOTIVATE your kids. This can be tough sometimes but it can be done. Ask them their likes and dislikes and provide them the opportunity to pursue physical activities they enjoy. If they enjoy what they are doing, the motivation will come from within.
3) MANAGE their time and energy. Set structured times for homework, exercise, and play. Setting a structured foundation for time and energy management will help them as they become teens and adults.
1) EDUCATE your kids on the value of exercise. Educating them allows them to understand the value exercise plays in their lives. Physical fitness is the foundation for creative intellect. An interesting fact: The brain is 2% of the body’s weight but uses 70% of the body’s blood supply. Fitness is essential to maximal brain function.
2) ENCOURAGE your kids to exercise. Get them off the couch, out the door, and off to play. Praise them when they exercise or play and refrain from criticisms about your child’s weight or appearance. Anything negative you say now could create negative self-image and be detrimental to their motivation.
3) EMPOWER your kids to be fit. Allow them to choose how they want to exercise. Also allow your kids to choose healthy meals and teach them how to prepare those meals. A child who has the knowledge of how to prepare healthy meals or snacks will be less likely to choose junk food.