How to Get Your Kids Interested in Sports or Physical Activities

Children should be getting at least one hour of physical activity per day. That’s an absolute minimum. When I was a kid, we spent so much time running around outside that it was never a question of just one hour, but nowadays, with phones, TV’s and iPads, getting a kid to play outside can be a challenge.

So how do we get kids more active in their daily lives? Having raised 4 children of my own, I can recommend a few of my top tips.

Find out what they’re really interested in

You may be a hardcore baseball fan with dreams of your child becoming the next big star, but please don’t let your projections define their future. They may go to baseball just to please you, but they won’t enjoy it if inside their true passion is for tennis, for example. Never force your child to do something they truly don’t want to do.

I encourage you to try all the different sports there are, even those that may seem strange to you. Listen to your child and pay attention to them, see what they respond to best and positively encourage them to continue with it.

Don’t compare

I would not recommend comparing your child to another, “Billy is so good at basketball, he plays everyday, why can’t you be more like him?” This is an almost sure way to get your child to give up basketball altogether. Nobody likes being criticised. Instead, why not find positive and uplifting ways to encourage your child to play sports.

Teach by being

It’s no surprise that kids look up to their parents. If you tell them, “you must exercise every day” but don’t do it yourself, they may not be as keen to listen to you. See if they can join you during your practices, be it morning yoga on the beach or a bike ride in the evening. They will love spending time with you and it will somehow feel more natural to them to be active if you’re active too.

Got a dog?

If you have a dog in the house, see if you can get your child to be the main dog-walker of the house. Make them feel important, saying that it’s “their” dog or that they do this job the best. Half an hour in the morning and half an hour in the evening – a great way to get them moving.

If you don’t have a dog, encourage your child to walk or cycle everywhere. Not only is it better for the environment, something that I’m quite passionate about, but it will also keep them fit.

Build a tree house

If you have a garden in your house, why not build a tree house? Kids love making stuff, and when it’s done, they will stay active by climbing it. If you can’t have a tree house, why not hang some ropes on the thicker branches and encourage your kids to climb them? You can even make it into a game, like treasure hunting, with one of the clues being on top of that rope.

Do something different

Very few people like routine, especially kids who can’t sit still for very long. If you make them do ballet everyday for 6 months, they may get bored and lose interest. However, if you vary things every now and then, they will never know what’s coming next and will get excited by new adventures.

Perhaps you could try new things every other weekend, like go surfing, rock climbing, a tree-top adventure park, trampolining, horse riding – anything you can think of. Make it a fun day out. Your kids will see new places and keep active in the process.

4 Daily Habits to Adopt for Success in Real Estate & Life

Good habits are the foundation of wealth. If you watch successful people you will see their day is filled with consistent habits that save time, improve focus and ultimately help accomplish more daily. Successful people get up early, learn daily, make lists & set goals and track their progress.

• Get Up Early.

Make the first two hours of your day the most important. It will not only set the tone for the day but will give you a game plan for everything else that follows. These two hours can be used for activities you enjoy such as exercise, meditation or completion of a project or activity from the previous day. The early morning is free from distraction allowing you to do more of whatever you enjoy.

• 20 Minutes Of Learning Daily.

It is important in any business to know what is going on at all times. Trying to master every aspect of the business may seem intimidating but is less difficult if you spend some time on it daily. Regardless of how busy you may be you can squeeze twenty minutes of learning into your daily routine. You can find this time on an audiobook driving to or from an appointment or on the treadmill as you get some exercise in.

• Make Lists & Set Goals.

Success is often easier if you plan exactly what needs to get done. Before you go to bed you should plan for the next day. Tackle the toughest task first and go from there. Planning your goals not only makes you efficient but gives you a sense of direction and purpose. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common, they all say their goals out loud three times daily. This helps to reinforce their direction and keeps them on track in accomplishing their goals. Try it and see how much closer you get to reaching your goals!

• Track Progress.

If you don’t know what is working, is impossible to gauge the results? At the end of every day you should take some time to evaluate what you did to build on your progress. If you failed to do anything, you need to ask yourself why and then develop a new plan to stay on track.

You ultimately control where you go in Life. Changing habits is never easy but is essential for growth. Start by incorporating these four habits into your daily life and see the difference it makes towards your success.