How to Make Your Kids Love Sports

Sport is part of life. This is just not for a lifestyle, but we should do this for our self. Preventing is much better than healing, right. This isn’t only a quote, but we must to apply this in our life. We should practice this to get healthy life. We need family support, it is much better if we can do this with other family members. This time we talk about kids. How to teach children love with sport and they want to do this with their heart. If we talk about sport, if may remember with obesity. Obesity is an international problem now. There are many kids outside with obesity problem. That’s why sport has a big role to keep their weight in good proportion.

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For children under five ages, at least they should be advised to exercise for 3 hours. But encourage toddlers to exercise is not easy. Now the question is what kind of sport that must be followed and how to make them love sports? There are some easy tips to make your child want to exercise, or at least moving.

1. Invite them walking

Try to always invite your child to walk. Small children are usually able to walk for 20 to 30 minutes in a moderate speed. If you're tired, let them rest. Give them motivation with short storytelling or we can talk about nature. We can apply this activity around the house or during recreation in outdoor, like camping. Walking is a very cheap sport, right! So, we don’t need a big cost to do this activity with kids.

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2. Giving small example

Ask children to do activities certainly will not work if our self are lazy. Each parent must give an example by doing various activities that make children driven to more active. They love to imitate and if they seen the good sample every day, they may want to do what parents do.

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3. Invite them joining sport clubs

Studies shown that children aged between 7-10 years more fun doing sports activities if his friend joined them. Take your child to a place like a sport club. Such as: ballet, swimming, football,or maybe tennis. In addition to making the child fit, this activity can also help sharpen their skills and talents. But we should remember that never force a child to participate in activities that he does not like. Hopefully they become their idol, like: if they love football, they may become like a David Beckham.

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4. Use house yard

House yard can be the most suitable place to play while exercising. Take a trampoline or make a basketball ring next to your house so the kids can play while exercising. Kids also love running around the yard, right. But how to combine this with fun games which contain walk and run activities. It should be more fun and healthy, of course.

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5. Change the habit of passive watching TV to be more active

Television is not always become an enemy for children, because they still need television as an entertainment device in their leisure time. Tricks you need to do is watch TV to become more active like putting a small trampoline in front of television, or put a collection of DVDs containing the exercise. We can also invite them with simple aerobic. They can follow our movements from behind. Don’t push them with difficult movements.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

What a lovely, helpful and timely Hub. Particularly as the kids are on summer holidays now. I will be sharing this a lot.

Excellent Tips, Prasetio. Let's get kids off the Xbox and computer. lol


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I agree totally with this activity Pras.;))


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You are so right about children needing exercise and sports is a great way to do it. Not only does it help keep them healthy and create good lifestyle choice for the future, it helps them learn cooperation with others, good sportsmanship, following directions, doing something for the good of the group not just themselves, taking turns, and a host of social skills. Great hub!


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Great hub!! We all need more activity in our lives. My family and I have been excercising at least twice per week (we turn on the music and go, lol!!!) The new games like Wii and the dancing and other sports videos are good for exercising using the tv and are fun also. I love Wii tennis!!! v/r


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Voted useful, Prasetio. You are so right - children need to exercise, and the important adults in their lives need to set a good example. As you say, children need to enjoy whatever exercise they do, which is true for adults too!


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Great ideas. Of course it has to be fun


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

You make so much sense and have brilliant ideas. As always I vote up and press all of your buttons!!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Great ideas to get kids to enjoy sports and cultivate a lifetime of active lifestyle. Rated up.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I agree totally. Activities, the best learning tool, spending time with your children is priceless. Voted up!!!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

When I was young sports mostly meant team sports baseball,football and basketball.Now there are many choices.For those who don't like one sport can choose another.Equipment to protect eyes etc. are also more available.

I remember taking a long bike ride with my son when he was about twelve.When we got back I could hardly walk,my legs felt like rubber. The boy went to go ride with his friends.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Lady_E. Wow... I never thought that this is the best time to do all these things in summer. Okay, I agree with you let's create sweat and turn off a while the Xbox and computer. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Mentalist acer. I am glad you have the same idea with me. I hope we can apply this in daily activity, especially in holiday. See you.....


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Welcome again to my hub, poetvix. It's been a long time we never met. But I am glad to met you with good condition and you stay health...amen. You are right about this topic and how we should do kind of sports with all benefits you mentioned above. I hope we can enjoy the day with our family, doing sport together and the kids always enjoy with their activities. God bless you, my friend.

Love and peace,


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Support Med. Thanks for coming and I am glad to know that you spent a good time with your family. This was a great chance where the family meet together and doing something fun in weekend and then we get the benefit from this activity, especially for our health. Family is number one, but better if they always love each other and share together. Doing sport is good example for us. Thank you very much for give your vote to this hub. Cheers....

Prasetio


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

So true! Sports are not only good for health but for the self esteem as well! Those endorphins kick in and kids start to love the action. Sometimes they just need a little prodding to get started. Well worth it and builds a life long habit! Good hub prasetio! Up and useful!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Alicia. You always open your heart and I found this through your comment. We need kind this activity to unify the family. This is the best time for parents to show their love to their kids and at the same time they can give good example for their lovely kids. Wow... this must be a wonderful moment for parents and kids. Thank you very much for coming. God bless you!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Ethel Smith. I hope you enjoy this hub. Cheers.... ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, acaetnna for your coming, your lovely word and your vote really...really appreciated. I know you love kids and I hope you love this hub also. Cheers.....


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Great job, Prasetio - about an important subject~ Love the photos.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, anglnwu. Thanks for coming and leave nice comment about this topic. I agree with you. That's must be a great activity and fun indeed. Take care! ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Ruby. I love your comment. No one better than family, right. Where we can laugh together and doing fun activity with our children. Thanks for coming. Cheers.... ~prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, dahoglund. I agree with you about what happened now. This is so different with the past where we can play traditional game, but now they were given by many choices of games. Most of them use technology. Thanks for share your beautiful memory when you taking a long bike ride with your son. You wouldn't forget about it. Thank you very much. Cheers....

Love and peace,


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Chatkath. Thanks for coming and share your nice comment. You are right about sport definition. We not only get healthy body, but the other side is cooperation with other make us unselfishly. I really appreciate your vote. God bless you. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Audrey. I am glad you love this information. I hope this hub useful for us. Cheers......


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Pras, as usual a helpful hub that is packed with common sense. The obesity epidemic gets worse by the day with people's diets the main culprit, coupled with sedentary lives. My two daughters used to be competitive swimmers. It was great to start with and they did learn some terrific things about disipline, but it became too much. My older daughter was doing nine sessions per week. Four nights and five early morning starts where we had to get up at 4-20 AM. She was too tired to do her school work and decided to quit at 14 to concentrate on her studies. She tried other swimming clubs, wanting to do four or five sessions per week, but she was a national level swimmer and they wouldn't accomodate her wishes. Keep up the good work my healthy friend. Tomorrow night i will be attempting to win my tenth consecutive runners up indoor soccer medal. A not too enviable record. Cheers


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

What they learn from us today, will follow them for the rest of heir lives! Great Hub! Voted-Up!!and useful! Sorry I haven't been around but I am back! lol When you get a chance, come visit. God Bless


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, attemptedhumour. Thank you so much for coming and share about your daughters. You have to grateful as their father. Wow...they are so talented. I am glad to know this from you. I believe your daughter always fit, healthy and I know that study is number one. But I believe they could manage the time. Just give them support and I'll support them from behind. You are a great father and I am proud with your effort as a success parents as well. Please send my warm greeting to your daughters. Have a good day!

Blessing and hugs,


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

drpastorcarlotta, you always accepted here. You can come anytime you want. Your arrival is my pride and your comment as my spirit. Thank you very much for give your vote. God bless you!

Prasetio:)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Before television and the internet, our children didn't have to be urged to exercise outside. Now they spend more time inside watching sports as spectators instead of participating themselves.

Thanks for the reminders, Pras, and the pleasant photos.


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mulberry1 5 years ago

Good tips. I definitely agree that being a good example is important. My parents played baseball, basketball and badmiton with us often. We frequently spent time hiking together and swimming too. If a parent spends all of their time watching TV or watching other people play sports, they are setting a poor example.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Totally agree with #2. Kids' attitudes towards exercising usually stem from how they see their parents or adults in their family approach it. It's hard to convince our kids that sports are fun and good for them if we sit on our couch watching TV all day.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Excellent article.

Exercise is so important. It is important to do something we enjoy. I like to walk and dance.

Not everyone is good at sports. What they need to teach is team spirit. It's not all about winning.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, drbj. Thanks for coming and leave nice comment about this topic. I totally agree with you. The time has change and many kids lazy to play outside and the love to use their gadget. I hope you liked this hub. Your support always accepted. Have a good day!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, mulberry1, Your parents are good example for us and I definitely I agree with you. We don't want just an audience, but better being a player, right. I hope we can always give good example for our children....amen.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, Om Paramapoonya. I am so happy to see you again and your comment always fantastic like this one. I totally agree with you. The children must keep moving and we are as a parent should give example and leading them to exercise.I hope we can convince and I believe we can do this for good purpose. Thank you very much.

Blessing and hugs, Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Sueswan. Welcome to this hub. I am glad to know that you love exercise. I know that not everyone good at sport, but better to try though for simple sport like walking. Winning is not important, but the most important thing is how to keep the passion in doing exercise regularly and sometimes it hard to do, right. Thanks for coming. I hope you always healthy...amen.

Love and peace,


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Great hub. When I was young I was to most useless sport person you could imagine. I just didn't have the power and stamina. Oh, it was so embarrassing. Don't remind me of it. lol


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Ancillotti 5 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

I'll need to retrain myself to be a good example for my children. It is true that sports are good for health, but I do not like any of them!

Great hub my brother! Cheers!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Hello, hello. My suggestion is don't ever look back. At least we can share this to others, especially for our children or our grandchildren. I hope this hub still useful for you. The future is more brighter than the past, right. God bless you!

Your lovely friend, Prasetio


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, Ancilloti. Thanks for coming and leave nice comment. I believe that you are a good father. Just give the best for your children and give much supports for them. Take care!

Prasetio


fashion 5 years ago

What a sporty hub.It is true that sports are good for mental and physical health.I like it.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, fashion for coming and your lovely comment about this topic. We need to stay move and it's good for our children. We must give them good example, right. Take care!


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

extremely important hub you've written here. I think many American kids would rather play sports on a video game than acutally play them. My daughter is almost 4 and I have no problem keeping her active. She will be in dance class and horseback riding this autumn. i was in sports as a kid and loved it!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, izettl. Thanks for coming and share your opinion about this topic. I am so happy to know that your daughter joining great sports and I believe she love this very much. As her mom I thought you had success in keeping her active, it's based your childhood experience. Cheers....

Love and peace,


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Bail Up ! 5 years ago

I really like this hub. I would much rather be outdoors with the grandkids than watching them get restless indoors. The added benefit of course is better health! Voting useful and awesome.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Bail Up for coming to this hub and share your nice comment. I believe your grandkids are absolutely healthy. I really appreciate your vote. I hope we can give more attention to them. God bless you.

Prasetio


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good suggestion for healthy kids Prasetio. Rated useful and up!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Peggy for coming and share your vote. I am glad you love this information. Cheers.... ~prasetio


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sweetie1 3 years ago from India

Very new topic and a wonderful hub with great tips. I liked all your suggestions.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, sweetie1 for coming to this hub. I am glad you love my tips. Take care!

Prasetio

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