Back in the day we only had a large yellow phone that hung in the kitchen and if we wanted to use it we had to ask our parents. Today, kids have cell phones, video devices and so much stuff that will keep them on the couch or in their rooms being social. Well, this isn’t good for them and we need to figure out how to get physical activities for kids to be a greater priority.
Take away the phone
Typically, this will be the first thing that you do but most kids will look at it as a punishment and will just go to one of their other devices. The trick is to figure out a way to engage them into more physical activities.
Gather their friends together
The next thing you want to do is gather their friends together. Get them off the phone and put them into an activity that they can all enjoy in the real world. Once they are done, they can always go back to texting and blogging about it.
Find out what they do online and on their phones and figure out a way to bring it into the real world. Create a contest, scavenger hunt or other activity that will encourage them to use their minds and bodies beyond clicking a button or swiping.
Look for local sporting groups and clubs
Find different activities that they can do in your area. If they like a sport or activity, then encourage them to join. Encourage them to do fundraisers and other activities to enhance their sports and even raise money for a good cause.
The trick to getting kids active is to focus their minds and their interests. Once you start them down this road the rest will start to fall into place.