By Jennifer Landis, Writer
We all know that play is important for kids.
It helps them learn and grow while keeping them healthy and combating the growing juvenile obesity epidemic that is sweeping our country. What most people seem to forget is the importance of playing with your kids, instead of just watching them play.
Why is being a playful parent important for your kids?
Play Keeps Them (And You) Healthy
Obesity is a problem for both kids and adults in the United States. It’s estimated that one out of every three adults and one out of every six children is considered overweight or obese. And that number is growing every year.
Instead of sitting on the bench while your kids play, get involved! Your kids will love it and you’ll be more active.
Doctors recommend getting 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise every day, so why not rack up those minutes by chasing your kids around the playground or challenging them to a monkey bar contest? See who can get the furthest across the bars without touching the ground.
Enjoy being the evil giant, the princess who needs to be saved or even the hero of the story — just get off the bench.
On the other side of the coin, if you’ve got an exercise regimen that you already enjoy, why not come up with ways to include them in your exercise?
Make it a game, play your music on your phone’s speaker instead of using headphones or let them run ahead of you when you can’t match their seemingly boundless energy. When we go running, the kids are allowed to run three mailboxes ahead before they stop. Sometimes we can keep up with them and other times they vastly outpace us, but it doesn’t matter either way because they’re still involved.