- I like to play team sports.
- I prefer individual activities.
- I like to compete against others.
- I prefer to compete against myself.
- I become shy or embarrassed when I play in groups.
- I excel when I can show my abilities to others.
None of these choices are right or wrong, good or bad. Everyone is different. The key for kids is to do something they enjoy to get their bodies moving. For parents, tuning into your kid’s fitness personality is half the battle to get them to move more.
By respecting and embracing the kinds of activities your child enjoys rather than pushing them into a specific single activity, your child may become more inclined to be physically active. Determine if your child prefers organized sport or unorganized physical activities and take it from there. Organized sports are offered at most schools and community centres, while activities like walking the dog, biking to school, jumping rope or dancing at home get kids moving on their own-and getting them moving is one of the best gifts you can give them.
Help your children participate in a variety of activities that are right for them. Encouraging them to move more and eat well will lower their risk of many chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes. Visit Concerned Children’s Advertisers (CCA) at www.cca-kids.ca for more information on the “Long Live Kids” program and for tools and tips to get kids moving more.
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