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How to Foster an Active Lifestyle for Your Children

Encourage Your Children to Be Active by Following These Tips

One of the most important things you can do for your children is to help them establish a healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the best ways you can help teach your child to be active and healthy.

Why Promote a Healthy Lifestyle?

You already know the importance of being healthy as an adult, but many of the mannerisms a child picks up begin when they are young. Because their body is able to burn through more calories, the side effects of poor health may not appear just yet, but it will down the road. In fact, just 1 in 3 children are physically active every day, and most children spend over 7 hours every day using computers, electronics, and other technology. Should a child become overweight by the time they reach their teenage years, they have a 70% chance of either staying overweight or becoming obese in their adult years. All of these issues can be avoided if you teach your child to be active. 

Show Through Your Own Actions

A child is more likely to take up physical activities if you are physically active. Look for ways to incorporate outdoor activities you and your child can do together into your daily routine. Whether this is going to the park, walking the dog or biking down to the store, the best way to make sure your child lives a healthy lifestyle is to be active and healthy yourself. 

Find a Fun Activity

Getting your child engaged in a weekly outdoor activity, such as a sport, is a great way to encourage an active lifestyle. Youth sports not only help keep children active, but they help teach team bonding and how to deal with both success and failure. 

Youth Fitness Centers

You will find plenty of exercise and fun activities for your child at the Y. We also offer summer camps and weekly activities for the whole family. Our Sizzlin’ Summer program offers access to the indoor and outdoor water parks, fitness centers, group exercise classes, and free family events at all 4 of our Las Vegas locations. There is no joining fee, so stop by any of our locations to sign up and enjoy 4 months of activities for the whole family!

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