Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Encouraging our kids to stay active and healthy is no easy task. As a mom of three boys, trust me I know.
With all of the different television shows, video games, and countless gadgets that encourage kids to stay in the home sitting on their bottoms finding something for them to do outside of the home that encourages them to stay active and healthy without them knowing what you’re doing can require some creativity on our parts.
Therefore, today I thought a good topic to discuss would be how to encourage our kids to stay active and healthy.
Let’s get started!
Enroll them in Sports
Based on my 7+ years of experience as being a mom, kids have a ton of energy. It seems like each year they just get filled with more.
As a mom of three boys, you can imagine how hectic my house is on days when we just decided to chill at home and after school. Everyone’s talking at once, running, bickering, and so on. From the time my boys open their eyes until the time they go to sleep at night they are like three energizer bunnies.
Over the summer, one thing that I found that was able to burn off some of their excess energy was football. My oldest two were finally old enough to get involved in team sports and I didn’t think twice about it.
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They were able to be active each week and remain healthy because let’s face it sports require exercising, a ton of moving around, and obviously they had to drink a lot of water.
It’s fun for the kids, you get a little break, and most importantly they are staying active and healthy.
Enroll them in BGCA
The Boys & Girls Club of America is another option that we have to keep our kids active and healthy. I remember I always wanted to be a Girl Scout when I was younger. Therefore, when I had my own boys I knew getting them signed up as a Boy Scout was something they would experience at least once and it turns out my oldest son is on board.
We haven’t signed up yet as football was more of a time commitment than I expected, but when they are accepting new members again we are definitely giving it a go.
What I love about the BGCA is that kids are able to go experience things with them in a safe and fun environment that’s also affordable for parents. All of the staff are trained, caring, and they make sure that the programs and activities offered to kids are beneficial to them. Currently, more than 4 million kids and teens participate annually.
Their entire mission is to enable young people so they will reach their fullest potential and grow into productive, caring, and responsible adults. Through their three pillars – academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles – they help assist our children in having a great future while encouraging them to be healthy and active at the same time. What could be a better way to keep our children active and healthy during school breaks?
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The best part is I recently found out that they have a Triple Play Program, which is a result of their partnership with Anthem Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company, which allows them to focus on an additional three components – mind, body, and soul.
This program encourages participating kids to commit to positive health and wellness habits. Things that they instill in kids include:
- Eating right
- Staying fit
- Forming positive relationships with themselves and others
- Smart nutritional choices
- Active lifestyles
- Self confidence
The best part about BGCA is that not only are they available after school and during the summer but many clubs offer extended hours during school breaks, which is great for single parents who can’t take off of work just because their kids don’t have school.
Be a Positive Role Model
As we already know, our kids pay attention to everything that we do. When they see us doing something it makes them want to do it, whether it is something positive such as working out and eating healthy or something negative such as saying curse words and eating a ton of junk food.
What I have come to realize is if my kids see me doing something they want to do it without me telling them.
For example, if my kids see me cleaning my room and bathroom, they’ll automatically ask if I can set things up for them to clean their room and bathroom. If they see me running on the treadmill, using the pull-up bar, or doing general exercises, it also makes them want to join in with me.
This benefits everyone because you get more quality time with your kids, encourage them to stay healthy and active, and it’s precious bonding time.
Final Thoughts on Encouraging Kids to Stay Active and Healthy
Our kids are the future, and regardless of how hard this is to think about, we’re not always going to be around for them. We have to instill good qualities in them now so they can be outstanding citizens as adults. I think all the new tech is cool as an adult, but at the same time, I know how important it is to keep my boys aware of all of the other exciting things they will miss out on if they just sit at home playing with gadgets all of the time.
How do you encourage your kids to stay active and healthy? Make sure to share your advice in the comments section below. As parents, we’re always looking for advice to help us raise better future adults.