Easy Ways to Encourage Physical Activity

Easy ways to encourage physical activity (in the digital age)

 

In the past few decades childhood obesity has tripled in the United States and it is now believed to impact the lives of more than 12 million adolescents and children. It has become a particularly sensitive subject, which has left many parents looking for practical ways to help their kids get a grip on their weight and steer clear of the many weight related health conditions.

So as a parent, what can you do to help your children stay fit and healthy?  As well as adopting healthy eating habits as a family, another fundamental goal is to encourage kids to maintain an active lifestyle. This certainly isn’t an easy task in the age of the internet, where computer games and smart phones are unavoidable, but with a little effort, it is certainly doable.  

 

Stop Driving Everywhere

The modern car revolutionized the way society operates and made getting to work, school, and seeing friends and family so much easier. Yet that does not mean we are obliged to use our cars for every journey.

Is it really necessary to drive to a friend’s house that lives just around the corner? Walking whenever possible is a sure way to encourage your kids to get active and appreciate the outside world. Even better, it will help you save on fuel and avoid additional wear and tear of your vehicle.

 

Make it a Family Event

Another great way to make exercise fun is to make it a family event where every generation of the family can feel involved. Instead of planning a day out at the cinema or going for a meal, consider activities such as a family bike ride.

This will allow kids of all ages to get involved and it can be made into a fun fuelled adventure that doesn’t feel like exercise one bit. Not only are bikes a great way to get active, but allow you as a family to explore local environments and make treasured memories.

 

Consider Garden Activities

Don’t just allow your kids to play on their computer games or watch TV all day. Ensure you are limiting their screen time to a healthy amount. The rest of the time they should be taking part in other activities, such as study, socializing and physical activity. Of course, sports aren’t for everyone, so if your child really isn’t a fan, then there are still many other opportunities.

For instance, my kids have various outdoor toys in the garden, including a trampoline, climbing toys and swing sets. These are affordable and a fun way to get kids outdoors and active.

 

Keep Play Fun

If you are playing a sport outside, don’t get too wrapped up in the details and rules of the game,  especially with regards to younger kids. Allowing your children to let loose without any restrictions is likely to be much more fun for them.

As kids get older, they will organically become more and more familiar with the rules, so for now just let them concentrate on having as much fun being active as possible. This can be a difficult task for sports fans, but still an important factor to bear in mind.  

 

Age Appropriate  

Another thing to consider is whether or not an activity is age appropriate. The most important part of encouraging kids to stay active is to ensure they enjoy it. The reality is that if they find it boring or too difficult then they are going to become dissatisfied with the activity and lose interest.

As a parent, you main role is to ensure they stay motivated and engaged. Younger kids and tots can really benefit from simple activities such as kicking a ball around the yard. Not only will this help them burn off some steam, but will also help them develop hand eye coordination and motor skills. Older kids and teens tend to find sports such as soccer and baseball more rewarding and the social aspect can also greatly aid them in their development.

 

Be a Motivational Parent

As the parent, you have the responsibility of ensuring your kids stay motivated to participate in physical activity including sports. Often, all a child needs is a little bit of encouragement from their loved ones and they will find the confidence to participate. As they get involved, continually let them know how proud you are and praise them whenever they make progress. The influential effect of a parent’s compliment should never be taken for granted.

 

The Bottom Line

Keeping kids motivated is arguably more difficult than ever with so many distractions from the digital world, but it that makes it even more important. Exercise is not only essential for a healthy and well balanced body and mind, but it can also help in a myriad of other ways too. This can include childhood development, confidence building and acquiring social skills.  You may even find that it builds a closer relationship between you and your child! 

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones available at Best Buy

My husband is a major music enthusiast.  If he’s not listening to it, he’s playing it.  Between his upcoming birthday and Christmas, I better start shopping early!  And I’ve got the perfect first product for the list: the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones available at Best Buy!  

What’s so great about the Sony WH-1000XM3?  They really do just about everything you could ask for from a pair of headphones! 

Hands Free Calling and Google Assistant: simply double tap to answer a phone call or press and hold the noise-canceling button to ask the Google Assistant something.  

Industry-leading noise canceling: Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation.  While mowing the yard or even getting in a workout, my husband appreciates being able to block out the other sounds and focus on the music.  This is definitely a feature he will love!  

Premium Sound: The 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) diaphragms are Hi-Res Audio compatible, reproducing a full range of frequencies.  Anyone who plays music will appreciate the quality of sound these headphones put out!

All-day listening with quick charging: Listen all day with up to 30 hours of playback and quick charging that gives five hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge time.  My husband is a busy dad, homeschooling our boys during the day and helping out with his mother’s small business by evening.  The length of charge these headphones hold is fantastic for those who not only will use them for hours at a time, but also for those who might not have time or remember to set them on a charger every night.  

Smart Listening: Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity and balances noise canceling levels accordingly.  This feature intrigues me and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in day to day listening.  You also can hold your hand over the housing to turn the volume down in an instant.  

 

Sony WH-1000XM3 What's in the box

 

What’s in the box:

  • Audio cable for wired connection
  • Carry case
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-the-Ear Headphones
  • USB-C charging cable

 

Overall, this pair of headphones seem phenomenal and perfect for my music-loving husband.  I can’t wait to check them out in person at Best Buy!  

 

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones at Best Buy

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

4 Ways to Create a Kid-Friendly Garden

4 Ways to Create a Kid-Friendly Garden

 

When children come along, the garden becomes less of a relaxing area and more of a play place for the young ones. However, you don’t have to worry about your child getting hurt or work on labels saying “No, don’t touch that,” “Keep distance,” et cetera. Here are some clever ways to turn your garden into a children’s haven that grown-ups can enjoy too.

 

  1. Grow Sensory Plants 

Encourage the kids to spend their time in the garden by installing plants that stimulate their senses. For example, rattling seed head and rustling grass are great to listen to in quiet moments, while bright flowers like sunflowers, nasturtiums, and marigolds make for a lovely sight because of their multicolored blooms. Also, consider adding a variety of textures while decorating your garden, like downy sage leaves, to persuade the children to utilize the sense of feel/touch. In addition, parents can plant chocolate cosmos and other plants with fun smells, as well as stimulate taste buds by growing a pot of flavorful berries. 

 

  1. Make Your Garden a Pest-Free Zone

Slugs, ants and other insects can damage your garden and may make your children vulnerable to diseases. To ensure that your kids don’t come in contact with harmful pests, experts at Joshua’s Pest Control San Diego recommend professional pest control services. Specialists acknowledge that each business or home has varying pest challenges so they take extra care in inspecting the establishment to discover the best solution by developing customized solutions that suit every need. If you’re worried about pesticides, you can inquire if the vendor offers organic pest control. Organic treatments are based on the vendor visiting your garden on a regular basis to minimize your pest issues. These provide a natural alternative that features the use of natural ingredients, including rosemary oil and high-quality clove.

 

  1. Set Up a Mini Jungle

This can be done by planting weeping trees and grasses in one corner of the garden. Consider laying stepping stones to create a pathway through the mini jungle where children can let their imagination run free. Parents even have the option to seed giant sunflower and put a huge boulder for children’s climbing. The fun and inviting area will definitely get the little ones to utilize the garden, and be excited about spending time outdoors, away from their TVs and iPads. However, this can also create some good hideouts for unsafe critters, so it’s recommended that you keep the plant and grass to a minimum quantity and height. 

 

  1. Invest in a Trampoline 

This can be done by planting weeping trees and grasses in one corner of the garden. Consider laying stepping stones to create a pathway through the mini jungle where children can let their imagination run free. Parents even have the option to seed giant sunflowers and put a huge boulder for the kids to climb. The fun and inviting area will definitely get the little ones to utilize the garden, and be excited about spending time outdoors, away from their iPads. However, this can also create some good hideouts for unsafe critters, so it’s recommended that you keep the plant and grass to a minimum quantity and height.

 

By taking just a few measures before the summer comes to an end, you’ll be able to create a safe outdoor haven for your loved ones.

 

 

Incredibles 2: Toys, Games, and more!

Check out this list of Incredibles 2 toys and games - perfect for Christmas shopping!

 

I’m not sure who was more excited for the Incredibles 2 more…my kids or myself!  After the long anticipation of a sequel, Disney did not disappoint!  And alongside the movie have come lots of fun new toys and games my kids are begging for.  Here are a few favorites that I’ve come across:

 

The Incredibles 2 Movie (Rental or Purchase)

Incase you haven’t had enough of the movie, I will start with a link to rent Incredibles 2 on Amazon or purchase.  This would make a great Christmas gift! 

 

The Incredibles 2 Gear Set, 3 piece

What is more fun than dressing up like your favorite super hero?  This set includes a mask, gloves, and light up emblem!  And best of all?  It is pretty affordable at just under $10. 

 

Dash and Jack-Jack Figures by Jakks Pacific

Dash and Jack-Jack are my boys’ favorite characters so these are a must-have for our Christmas list!  At 4-6″ tall, these figures are perfect play-size. 

 

Incredibles 2 Little Golden Book

Perfect for those aged 5-8, this book re-tells the story of the Incredibles 2 movie.  This would be a perfect gift for a new reader, or a younger child as a bedtime story. 

 

6-Piece Incredibles 2 Figure Set

Every Incredibles 2 fan needs the full set of characters to re-inact their favorite scenes.  This little set is perfect for your child to tote around in the car, to grandma’s house, etc. 

 

Incredibles 2 UNO Game

Now here is something for the whole family!

 

Jumping Incredible Vehicle

When my kids saw this in stores, they were so excited!  This vehicle fits certain 4″ characters, and does not require batteries.  Push it down and roll it to see it jump.  So much fun!

Ravensburger Disney Incredibles 2 100 Piece Puzzle

This puzzle is a perfect rainy day activity for the whole family to set down together, or a great Christmas gift to wrap up under the tree! 

 

Laser Tag Blasters Set

With 3 shooting modes, vibration when hit, a secret weapon button, life indicator, and no vests needed, this laser tag set is definitely one of the most exciting toys on my list!  You can even add additional units for more kids (or adults) to join in the fun! 

LEGO Juniors The Great Home Escape (and more)

LEGO took the opportunity to create new sets based on Incredibles 2.  Being Juniors sets, they are easier to put together, and just as much fun!  Take a look at more LEGO sets here

 

 

And last but not least….

LEGO Incredibles (Xbox, PS4) Game

My boys (aged 5 and 7) can’t get enough of this game!  They love being able to use each character’s individual powers and work together to complete missions and save the city. 

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