Get your children up and active with four simple tips
Updated on 03 September 2017

When parents talk about their kids' health, it's usually related to food and diet. What parents don't always realise is that a nutritious diet must be complemented with attention to fitness and regular exercise. All parents should take into consideration that fitness at a young age can prevent fatal diseases in adulthood, laying the ground work for cardiovascular health at an early stage.

The 21st century lifestyle can often result in passive kids who are addicted to video games, turning physical activities to virtual ones, not to mention the additional element of poor social skills they can develop. Within the realm of exercise, there is something for everyone of all age groups. Knowing what your kids enjoy in terms of active play is crucial and allowing them to experiment is the way to find out.

Here are some top tips on how, as a parent, you can become the best fitness influencer:

1. Learn the game and tag along Joining your children through their sport or activity will encourage them to work hard and enjoy what they are doing; kids want to show their parents how confident they are. Experiencing the sport can help you understand when your child is struggling and celebrate the victories when they flourish.

Activities that involve both parents and children can often be limited but not with Fitness First. With classes ranging from kids' yoga to martial arts and dance to swimming classes at Swim Academy by Fitness First, there are enough options to ensure your child enjoys themselves. Enrolling your child into an academy such as Swim Academy or Sportzone Academies will help them get physically fit and engage them mentally.

2. Arrange an exercise/play date This might be a sneaky yet effective way of getting your kids to exercise. Friends and class mates can be a great support system and help turn a boring activity to an enjoyable one.

3. Encourage the results By praising your children and their efforts, they will set higher standards for themselves and work harder. Plus, it creates a positive association with fitness, making your child enjoy it whether they are competing or just playing with you in the park.

4. Set a good example/practice what you preach Why would your kids exercise if you don't?

To find out how you can enroll your child in a number of kids' activities hosted in various locations across Dubai, visit the Fitness First website at uae.fitnessfirstme.com/train-with-us/kids.

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