One way to get your kids active is to get active too! Children are smart and learn from what you do, not what you say.
Most of us learn our eating and exercise habits from our families of origin. It's difficult to feel confident making your child play sports or exercise if you don’t actually know what it feels like to be active or to do a sport.
It is hard to have deep-seated knowledge that what you are doing for your child is good if you aren’t doing it yourself. There will be too many contradictions that your child will pick up and there are more chances for body image issues, self-doubts if your child feels that you are only telling them to exercise because there is something wrong with them or they are not good enough as they are.
By doing it with them you are teaching them you are all going to benefit. Weight doesn’t matter. Skinny people should be exercising
too. Remember it is a way to stay healthy, strong, in a good mood and it’s a great way to socialize.
If you are an inactive parent use the same strategy that we used to help your children find what they love. Pick something you’ve always been curious about or something you’ve loved before. It’s best to go for an organized activity.
There are several organizations that provide these activities and the biggest perk about doing this is you have a coach and a group to be accountable to and you get training so that you know what you are doing. An example is our half-marathon training group for adults.
We train people who’ve never done a half-marathon to do their first. There are also triathlon groups, soccer programs, swim teams etc. for adults.