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How to get your kids moving - Scott Prince guest blog

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Scott Prince sits in front of a group of children talking about exercise.
Exercise is important, whether you're planning to rise to the top of your footy team or just want to stay fit and healthy. DAE Photo /

It’s hard being a parent sometimes, the pressure to be a good role model and set a positive example can be tough. But choosing to be a healthy role model for your kids can actually make your life much easier and enjoyable and have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing, too.

Today we’ll talk about how to motivate your kids to get moving, and how this might rub off on you as well.

Tips for getting kids healthy and active

Start the day with activity

Wake the kids up and go for a walk together as a family each morning before returning home for a healthy breakfast and a great start to the day.

Not only will the kids be ready for bed at the end of the day, you might also start to see a difference in yourself with the extra bit of exercise, and be just as impressed by the person staring back in the mirror as your kids are.

Get moving together on the weekend

Set some fun weekend challenges like a mountain climb, bush walk or bike ride. It’s a great way to start the day and a chance to have some additional interaction with your kids while you do something active together.

Get kids cooking

During the week, after the homework has been completed, get the kids to help in the kitchen and play their role in preparing the evening’s meal.

It’s a great opportunity to discuss the events of the day, teach them how and what to cook and most importantly it will keep their eyes off screens for a few minutes!

Teaching them how to produce a few quick, easy and healthy meals will keep them away from quick fix snacks and junk foods and help to establish healthy eating patterns. You can get some ideas about cooking with kids and teenagers in these videos I made with Healthier. Happier.

A dad and his son play soccer in the backyard, the man's foot rests on top of the ball as the son runs in for a kick.

Play a sport

Of course with my footy background, I cannot encourage you enough to support your kids if they want to play sport!

Remember: the most important thing is to offer your support and encouragement, regardless of their individual skills or the standard of play. It’s important for them to be active, not the best.  Don’t try and live your sporting dreams through your kids - just because you dreamed of being a football star, doesn’t mean your child will be the next Messi. They might prefer hockey or volleyball more, and if that’s the case, encourage and support them just the same. If your kids are active and having fun playing a sport, you are already well on the way to providing them with a happier and healthier life.

While you’re at it, why not try joining a sport team yourself? Sign on with a local touch footy team, or try your hand at cricket or beginner tennis lessons. Kids learn best by example, so if they see you training hard and having fun, they’ll be more likely to want to do the same.

Last updated: 13 November 2017