Top 10 Tips – Fitness for Kids!

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Regular physical activity is essential for kids to develop strong bones, improve their
coordination and movement patterns and help establish good physical activity habits that
will last throughout their entire lifetime.

Research shows that exercise also helps children performance better academically,
increased levels of concentration, creativity and memory and general brain function are all
benefits of regular exercise and activity! So what are you kids going to be doing to stay
active during the school holiday period?

Rather than staying at home glued to the television or playing their play station, get them
moving with these top 10 tips to keep your kids active and happy during the holidays!

  1. Learn a New Sport
    With the grown in status and awareness of sports such as golf and tennis, get your kids
    involved in a new sport. In addition to increasing activity and creating a spark of interest,
    sports will always increase a child’s coordination, movement patterns and build confidence
    with their peers. Sports such as golf, tennis, basketball, badminton, martial arts are great at
    keeping them interested and you will find aspiring champions in every child! Kids are great
  2. Set a Good Example
    If you want your kids to be active, you MUST be active yourself! Lead by example, park the
    car away from the entrance of the supermarket, use the stairs instead of the escalator, get
    the kids up early and go for a walk before you go to work, do some exercise drills before
    dinner like push ups, lunges, squats, or jumping jacks.
  3. Head to the Park
    Bangkok has plenty of parks around for your children to run around and enjoy themselves
    with their friends. Load bearing exercise like running and jumping keeps their bones and
    muscles strong.
  4. Kids Fitness Boot Camp
    A totally new fitness experience for kids, Kids Boot Camp allows children to exercise in a fun
    and effective gym environment run by fitness professionals. Kids learn how to move safely
    and challenge themselves using only their body weight, exercise tubes, bands, and medicine
    balls. Created and run by the professionals at Fitcorp Asia.
  5. Home Duties
    Give some responsibilities around the home while are on school break, such as walking the
    dog, vacuuming and dusting. Not only will this help to develop a sense of responsibility, it
    will help build strong bonds with your children.
  6. Family Fitness!
    Get the entire family involved for weekend activities. Play catch, or tag around the back
    yard or in the park. Make exercise fun, and something you enjoy as well. If you show that
    you enjoy the exercise, they will to.
  7. Fun Parks
    In addition to having a fantastic time on all the rides, a day at the fun park such as Dream
    World will require hours of continuous walking from ride to ride. Fond memories and great
    for the whole family.
  8. Ask and You Will Receive
    Ask your kids what ‘they’ would like to do! More often than not there are influences from
    school or from friends which has sparked some interest. Ask and you will be surprised.
  9. Fun Activities at Home
    Crab Soccer, tag, jump rope, Hide and Seek or set up a fun circuit for your kids and their
    friends to do. Stair running, hoola hoops, hopscotch, skating, jumping jacks, balance drills,
    frog jumps, arm circles and skipping ropes make for a fun and very effective workout!
  10. Set up a Rewards System
    Create a points system for exercise that encourages your kids to exercise regularly. Use
    rewards such as trips to the movies, tickets to sporting events, new sporting equipment like
    jump ropes, roller blades, exercise tubing. Never use food as a reward.

Daniel Remon is the founder and Managing Director of Fitcorp Asia, an innovative health,
fitness and performance company specializing in fitness for kids and healthy education
programs as well as personal training, fat loss, golf fitness and corporate health programs. Tel: 02 661 7900.