Top Tips for Keeping Kids Motivated & Healthy

Top Tips for Keeping Kids Motivated & Healthy

It’s been a challenging year… so staying motivated day after day and trying to keep the kids focused and on-track (particularly with exercise and eating healthily), can be a little tricky!

There are some simple things that everyone can do to keep moving towards their respective goals though, so here’s 5 great tips that the whole family can follow (for health and more):

  1. Explore New Opportunities:
    Not everyone has to be a marathon runner or is best suited to team sports. Everyone is different, so explore as many opportunities as possible and encourage your children to discover what they are most passionate about. It may take a few tries along the way, but there is something out there for everyone in the family to love and enjoy.
  2. Write Down Your Goals & Visualise them Often:
    Writing down your goals focuses attention & sets in motion the actions required for achievement. Even younger kids can draw pictures of what they want to achieve! (eg: trying a new sport or making it over the finish line at the school athletics carnival). By regularly visualising the actions needed to reach the intended outcome, the more real they become to the mind, which in turn makes them so much easier to complete in reality.
  3. Make a Plan & Set Time Aside for Action:
    In order to reach goals, everyone needs a plan. You and your kids can create a strategy by making a list of step-by-step actions towards the desired outcome. It’s important to set some time aside to follow the steps too! Scheduling dedicated time in the diary or on the family calendar will act as a visual cue & constant reminder of your commitment to the goal as well as allowing focused time to make progress.
  4. Remain Positive & Get Excited:
    Excite your kids about their goals and ambitions! Showing your excitement will boost positive energy for everyone (especially yourself) and this will motivate everyone to continue towards achieving their goals and remaining happy with their progress along the way. Having a positive approach towards goal achievement will also boost confidence and feelings of self-efficacy in other areas of life as well.
  5. Encourage & Celebrate:
    Believe in your own abilities and let your children know that you believe in theirs as well! Tell them how great they are going and dismiss any doubts or fears they may have. When you (or your children) accomplish goals, be proud and celebrate these successes together!

Enjoy!

This article is general in nature. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice and you should seek professional verification on matters such as legal, health and wellness, travel or financial opinion prior to relying on such information.
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Cherie Rivas

Cherie Rivas is the fresh thinking, straight shooting Women’s Health & Wellness Coach who shares her knowledge and experience in weight loss, psychology, personal training and yoga, together with her studies in nutritional medicine, epigenetics and chronobiology, to inspire and empower other women to rise into the life they love.

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