Many parents and kids think of organised sports when they think of fitness. However, the simple truth is that not every child is an active member of a football, rugby or hurling team and although there are many benefits to a child joining a football team, training and a game once or twice a week is not enough physical activity for a growing tween.
 
Here are our tips on how to get the kids moving at home:
 
Incorporate physical activity into your child’s everyday life. From household chores to a family walk after dinner, this will help keep your family active every day.
 
Allow enough time for free play. Kids will have more fun and get more exercise when left to play freely outdoors. Cycling around the neighbourhood, playing tag or rounders or simply just running around the garden are all great examples of physical activity.
 
Keep lots of sports equipment and a variety of games on hand. You don’t have to spend much money, footballs and basketballs, skipping ropes, hula hoops will keep kids busy for hours!
Be active together, it will get you active and also give you time to bond.
 
Place a limit on how much time your child is allowed to spend doing sedentary activities such as watching TV and playing computer games. Why not schedule regular family fitness outings? You could try hiking, rock-climbing, canoeing or swimming.

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