You’re downstairs doing some chores around the house. Meanwhile, your kids are sat in the living room watching the television. Or maybe they’re upstairs playing video games. Does this sound like your household?
If so, is this how you really want things to be? Although it may be perfectly harmless for your kids to be spending some time doing those activities, there might be a better way.
Things could surely be improved if you could all come together to take part in some games that will appeal to the whole family. If nothing else, it might be a real positive for your children’s health and lifestyles.
A number of recent studies have shown that obesity amongst children has been rising in the US and many European countries, including the UK. The reasons behind this increase are numerous.
Primarily, however, many experts believe there to be two main reasons behind the problem.
The first is that many children are not eating as healthily as they should be doing. This is partly as a result of the rise in popularity of junk food – it’s also related to the fact that many families no longer sit down for a good meal a day.
Another major factor is that too many children simply don’t get enough exercise. Think back to the picture that was painted at the beginning of this article. Activities like TV viewing and video games aren’t encouraging physical exercise.
So what’s the answer? One thing that could help is to encourage your kids to spend more time playing outdoors.
You might, for example, look to introduce activities that involve much more movement and that you can all enjoy as a family.
Outdoor sports, trampolines and other such activities are perfect for this. You’ll soon see that your children love such games.
Surprise your children with some new outdoor games and you’re sure to get a positive reaction.