As a parent, we all know that our children love to be active. Encouraging your kids fitness from an early age can lead to establishing positive habits that will remain with them during the course of their life. Studies show that children who are introduced to sports and activities at an early age have a more positive and healthy lifestyle.
Good habits are best started early. There are lots of ways you can incorporate sports and healthy activities into your child’s daily routine at an early age. Indulging your child’s interest in physical activity should be done as much as possible. If your child wants to kick the ball around or play tag, join in, it’s a great way to encourage healthy activity and behaviour. On top of this, we’ve compiled some other tips on how to support your child’s interest in sport and physical activity.
1. The holidays are a great time to check out your local park or playground, where you can try a hands-on approach to your child’s activity. Get involved. Help them use the equipment. Have a go. You might even have a bit of fun yourself!
2. Try to incorporate physical activity into all family outings. Before you know it, healthy activities will become routine.
3. Lead by example. Show your child how to perform the basics. Demonstrate how to kick, run and jump. Allow your child to choose the type of activity they are interested in and support their curiosity through participation in that activity.
Soccajoeys offers tailored daycare, preschool and junior soccer programs that will kick start your child’s interest in sport. Our non-competitive and non-elite programs reinforce a positive attitude toward physical activity. Start your child’s love of sports with Soccajoeys this term.