How to Help your Child to Develop Exercise Habit

It is a very common story of many children that they are growing fatter and suffering from many diseases in recent days. It happens because of many bad habits such as playing computer games, watching TV for long hours and eats fast food, etc. A kid’s exercise habit is important for a kid’s physical and mental health. It is well recognized that physical exercise helps to improve a child’s overall health and learning performance.

3 Top Benefits of Kids Exercise

Exercise and Fitness play an important role in the kid’s success and achievements in future life. Parents should focus on the fitness of their children. There are some important benefits of exercise which are mentioned below:

Health Benefits  of Exercise

Exercise helps to improve health in childhood.  It improves pone health, mussel’s strength. Exercise also helps to improve cognitive function and it is one of the best weight management components. Regular exercise has positive effects on good mood; improve cardiovascular health, combats chronic diseases and control cholesterol level.[i]

Social Benefits of Exercise

Exercise helps to improve social performance.  When a child starts to do outdoor activities, he meet many other peers in the playground or in the park.  The kids spend most of their time watching the television and playing online games in the modern age.  So they don’t have enough time to build effective social interacting with other peers. When a child involves sharing sports games, he has more opportunities to engage with others and he can develop more relationships with other peers.

Behavior Benefits of Exercise

It is reported that those teens who participate in sport and exercise are much less likely to be involved in negative behavior such as smoking, alcohol and taking drugs.    Exercise helps the children to develop positive behavior in childhood.

5 Tips to To Develop Exercise Habit in Your Child

Many Parents want to develop the habit to do exercise in their children but they don’t know how to develop it. Here are some effective tips to create the habit of exercise in children.          

1. Consider the exercise as an important factor for your Child

Parents should consider exercise as an important factor for their children’s well-being. It helps to improve their children’s general physical and psychological well-being. They must recommend the best suitable exercise program for kids.

 2. Walk with your Child Regularly 

 Walking with family is a great way to develop the exercise habit in children. Sometimes you can get out with your children on a bicycle for the exercise.  Take the time to visit the park and playground with your kids.  After some time, it will become a habit and you can easily manage. Once it becomes a habit then you can easily manage time from your busy schedule.

3. Fix a time in a Day for Exercise

 It is well documented that if you want to keep your child healthy and active than at least an hour in a day should be fixed for exercise.  There are some healthy activities and the benefits given below,

  • Running,
  • Jumping.
  • Lifting
  • Pushing
  •  water sports
  • archery
  • swinging
  • Swimming,
  •  jumping rope,
  • Break dancing
  • hill walking
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4. Encourage your Child To do Exercise

Encouragement is the best option to motivate your child to do exercise. You should tell your child the benefits of exercise.    Encourage your kids to play free by doing competition individually because kids always love challenges, scores, and prizes. It is essential for a kid’s well-being and development.

 5. Plan Outdoor Trips

Kids love to go outside for an adventure. You can plan a trip and invite his friends also. Plan some outdoor games and activates.  The natural environment and open space area help to improve physical and mental health in children. The natural environment provides opportunities to explorative play which helps to improve decision-making ability, problem-solving skills, and creativity.

6. Support your child to Involve in Exercise

The parent’s support is important to develop the exercise habit in children. There are many ways for parents to assist their children in exercise.

  • Help to provide  kit and equipment
  • Assisting with travel
  • supporting from the sidelines

It is important to understand that exercise is important for child health and well-being.  They provide the foundation for a healthier life. Active children always perform well in academic and social life. Parents must try to develop exercise habit and the above tips help them to develop the habit of exercise in their children.


[i] Lenny R. Vartanian, Christopher M. Wharton, Erica B. Green, Appearance vs. health motives for exercise and for weight loss, School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia,2011.