NutriDay supports an active lifestyle. In this digital world we live in, however, our efforts to get them moving can be challenging at the best of times.
Here are four tips to turn the sit-at-home kid into a mud-hopping, stick-wielding and cartwheeling go-getter.
1. Try something different
Try to think out of the box when it comes to getting the kids to move around and enjoy themselves.
As Mary Poppins sung: “You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.” (Although in this case, a spoonful of sugar becomes a spot of outdoor soccer at a nearby park.)
Movement can take many forms, and if the whole family is involved, the task becomes easier. Persuade your kids to help you in the garden. Start a game of hopscotch, skipping, hide-and-seek or cricket. How about using your family dog to lure them out of the house for a walk? If it’s a rainy day and there’s no lightning about, encourage them to run outside and splash about in the muddy puddles!
2. Make chores fun
It’s important to encourage children to lend a hand with household chores, even in small ways, as this helps foster a sense of responsibility and self-reliance. Play fun upbeat music when the dishes are being washed. Sing out loud and dance while you and your family get down to scrubbing. Let siblings compete for the speediest bedroom clean up. (However, make it clear that there will be an inspection to ensure that no teddy bear gets shoved under a mattress!)
3. Short and sweet
Kids may be reluctant to tear themselves away from their screens if they suspect there’s an exercise marathon ahead. The trick is to encourage short, fun bursts of exercise. For example, suggest a quick race around the block, or a hop-and-skip along the road, or a five-minute bicycle ride. The idea is to get them started – once they’re on the move, they’ll have so much fun they won’t notice the time passing. After the ‘workout’, you can dig into a creamy tub of NutriDay for some delicious bonding time.
4. Nature’s goodies
Try to explore nature as often as you can. If you live near a big park or forest, or close to the beach, organise regular gentle hikes with the whole family. Make your walks interesting for kids by suggesting a ‘spotting’ game. Give each child a notebook and pencil, and jot down a few items that might be seen along the trail, such as interesting leaves, tiny rocks, insects, and so on. They can tick off each item on their lists as they find it – or use a phone to take some fun pictures. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, binoculars, hats, water and an energy-packed picnic lunch.