Many would agree that childhood is just not the same any more. With videogames, Netflix, mobiles and more gadgets, children these days are spending a lot more time indoors. Children are becoming lazier. Surprisingly, obesity has actually become a concern for some preschool children. However, a preschool child has a lot of energy stored inside, ready to be just let out. Their unstoppable desire to just move can be and should be used to encourage fitness habits.
Regular exercise is extremely important for kids as their muscles and bones are developing. It also improves their motor skills. Moreover, being physically active boosts self esteem among children. If the unstoppable energy in your preschool child is channelized well, it can even lead to behaviour issues and troubles at schools. This is one of the reasons, why, <preschools in Singapore> encourage free time and physical activity periods every day.
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As you take some simple steps to encourage fitness habits, remember that the essential element here is ‘fun’. Preschool children are at an enthusiastic age and are naturally more aligned to have more fun during physical activities than playing video games or spending time on any digital platform.
•Include nature: Show them that exercise is a way to spend time with nature. Instead of taking them for a walk on an exercise track, take them to a park, or woods. Let them enjoy themselves as they go around admiring flowers and different insects.
•Take it away from home: Look for more and more large and safe spaces outside home. Children don’t really need fancy equipment or toys. They will happily enjoy running around and playing ‘tag’, provided given the time and space to do.
•Find a circle: Children have a constant need for interaction. Exercise is a great chance to build interrelationships. If your child, does not have enough friends in the neighbourhood, find him/her places where they can interact and regularly play with other children. Find a circle of friends in the nearby park, the child care with whom the child can play regularly. The reason why children get attached to gadgets after a point is because they don’t find sufficient interaction in the real world.
•Alternative forms: If your child does not like playing so much and is not very aligned to ‘sporty’ games, find him/her alternative ways to exercise. Put some music on and let them dance themselves. Swimming is another way you can make your child exercise and learn an important life skill simultaneously.
•Remove the rules: If you are introducing a certain sport to your child, just focus on the skills of the sport, such as kicking, throwing or bouncing as the case may be. Imposing any rules at this point, will remove the fun out of it and would be too much for the child to keep track of. Focus on different skills and try to make sure that different muscles of the body are being involved as they play around.
•Structured time: Try to put in some structured or ‘adult-ed’ exercise in their routine It could be some simple yoga or a simple aerobics routine. Push for at least 20-30 minutes of structured exercise. This is to form the habit of putting time aside for exercise in a routine so that your child stays in touch with physical fitness even when he/she eventually stops playing around the park.
Also remember to join your kids in their physical fitness time. It is equally important for us and is a great way to bond with them.