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Why is exercise so hard for Kids

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Why is exercise so hard for Kids?





Technology is changing the way children conduct their lives. Instant gratification is now common place, with children expecting an immediate result or buzz out of the activities and interactions they engage in. Stimulation, information and entertainment is at every child’s fingertips. They only need to press a button and there it is; the effort and time required is immediate and the interactions they can have with others is endless. Technology is also evolving and changing rapidly with most activities and interactions having a clear start and finish period.


On the other hand, exercise is hard; it takes time, constant effort and the results can be slow. Routines are often repetitive and must be done frequently to ensure success. Exercise can be lonely, requires discipline and often is done independently of others unless a child is engaged in organised sport. Exercise unlike technology also never really finishes with food and rest contributing to the success of the exercise undertaken.


So what’s the answer? How can parents more effectively engage their children in exercise routines?


Parents must work at breaching the gap. They must acknowledge and accept that technology is here to stay and children will always be interacting with it. Once this notion is grasped parents can then use the principles of technology outlined below, to build a healthy exercise system for their kids.



  1. Like the interactions that exist with technology, kids need to be able to interact with others when exercising. Organised sports or recreational activities is a great example of this, however most organised activities only happen 2-3 times per week. Parents must consider the other 4-5 days in the week and provide their children opportunities to interact with others whilst exercising. This could be as simple as kicking the ball with your children in the afternoon for 30 minutes before dinner.



  1. Technology provides kids with ongoing stimulation that is forever changing. Exercise must also be able to do this. What should be noted, is that the benefits of technology has also moved into the kids fitness arena, with interactive game devices like the Wii System and XBOX now available for families. These systems have a countless number of games/ programs that are exercise based, fun, provides stimulations that constantly changes and is challenging for your children. Centres have also opened around the country that now provides interactive technology like dance machines and reflex systems that engage children in ways that are fun and entertaining.



If however you are against the use of technology in exercise routines, then the activities your children participate in must provide a challenge, have specific goals, be able to change quickly and above all be fun and entertaining. An example of this could be a roll playing scenario with your kids that involve props and a story line.



  1. Technology provides information to children quickly and effortlessly. Exercise as a tool must also use technology to benefit children. Educating children in a way that empowers them to manage and monitor their own exercise routines and regimes ensures engagement and longevity. Smash! Fit for Kids is an application on all device stores that uses technology to provide health and fitness information to children quickly. With a specific BMI chart, running balances, daily calorie intake and expenditure calculators, information can be obtained with little effort.


One of the best ways parents can provide information to their children is by role modeling and adopting a similar lifestyle that promotes and values physical activity. In fact, according to USA Today "No Time to Weight," children with even one obese parent have a 50 percent chance of being obese themselves. Children with two obese parents have an 80 percent chance of following in their footsteps, the article continues. Children who observe healthy lifestyles in their parents and role models have a better chance of adopting similar habits, highlighting the vital role parents play in influencing the fitness levels and physical activity of children.


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