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7 Ways to Encourage Kids to Be Active

Did you know that 70 percent of overweight kids, become overweight adults as well? It’s important that kids, at their early age, develop healthy habits they can carry into adulthood. The best way to do this is to encourage kids to be active. But that’s easier said than done, especially if kids have become couch potatoes or digital zombies thanks to all those gadgets. Here are 7 ways to encourage kids to be active.

Introduce Development-Related Activities

You may not know it, but kids crave for structure in their lives. When they’re bored, besides playing, they either eat, use gadgets or do weird stuff. While their weird stuff can be hilarious at times (not to mention cute), add a little more order in their lives by giving them development-related activities. For example, don’t expect an eight-year old to run a marathon with you or do weight training. Swimming, biking, basketball and football are fun activities. There are camps which also offer development-related fitness activities.

Get Them ‘Active Toys’

Obviously, kids love toys. But don’t give them just any other toys. Give them active ones. For instance, a soccer ball may not technically be a toy, but for a child it can lead to hours of fun and fitness. A beach ball can encourage kids to be active even before their feet get wet. A Frisbee or a kite will encourage them to go outside and play.

Get Them Fitness Gear

Like toys, fitness wear can encourage children to be more active. Shoes, for example, is an outright invitation for them to go outside and be active. Either than fit though, shoes need to protect your kids’ feet. Choose shoes which are comfy, has good support and cushioning. Diadora kids’ shoes are a good place to start. Lotto is another brand which offer good kids shoes. The shoes are readily available via online shops. Look for sports accessories they may like too.

Turn the Electronics Off

On average, children spend around seven hours using television, smartphones and other gadgets, daily. Yes, it’s like they have a job with that much hours spent on these things. Imagine how productive they would be if even half of that is used on fitness? But before you go dictator, bear in mind that there is a more subtle way to get kids to stop using electronics. Do it gradually. Don’t let them go ‘cold turkey’ so to speak. Limit the time of use slowly and insert fitness activities in its place. You want them to let go of the digital habit by themselves, not by force.

Make Meals Magical

Children can be picky eaters. That’s why it’s so hard for most parents to persuade kids to eat healthy. One trick is to make the foods look good. Design your kids’ meals to make them look good. Make it look like a bear. A lion or even a cartoon character (if you’re really good at it). Another way is to add what your kids like with healthy foods. For instance, every kid likes cheese, so steamed veggies with some cheese can encourage them to eat their vegetables. As they get the taste of vegetables, slowly remove the cheese or use healthier options.

Be Their Role Model

Kids model their behavior through people who are close to them. No pressure, but as a parent, that’s you. If you want your kids to eat healthy and be fit, you have to show them you’re willing to do the same. Practice what you preach by being a role model.

Do Not Overdo It

As much as you want your kids to be fit and active, do not overdo it. Remember that the goals is for kids to develop a healthy habit, which means they actually have to like the idea of being fit. And that won’t happen if they feel like its kiddie boot camp. So just take it easy and let them enjoy the ride… and enjoy it too.

Beliefs Control Your Choices – What Do You Believe?

A belief is something you accept on faith

… is something you have a strong conviction about

… is something you consider to be true and honest

… is mental acceptance of something or someone

A belief is also an acceptance of something good or bad / right or wrong. If you have a strong conviction that something is true… it becomes part of your belief system.

Your beliefs determine your behavior. Behavior is the things you do daily – the things that you are consistent in how you react to. Your beliefs will also control your choices. Choices are decisions you make based on what is important to you. Your choices help make the things you believe in happen. Note I said “help”. I know there are times when you make the right choices for all the right reasons and the outcome is not what you planned on or wanted. However, without making choices you cannot ever make the important things you believe in happen.

Here are three true stories showing how beliefs affected these teens behavior and choices.

W.G. was a beautiful gal at 17, with a very ethnic look. Her bone structure was beautiful and she photographed amazingly. However, she was quite short in terms of the modeling community and was told repeatedly by reputable agencies that she would never work much in the industry. She chose not to believe that and continue to pursue anyone who would represent her. She turned to irreputable agencies and scam artists who preyed on her desire to succeed in the print modeling world. She found herself in uncomfortable and compromising situations because she believed something that was wrong. She believed she could do something she could not and it affected her choices and behavior.

C.B. had a beautiful singing voice. Although she desired to be an actress, her forte was in singing and she would often sing to relax herself as she prepared for acting auditions. She was told time after time that she should pursue local musical gigs that could use this talent while allowing her to act. She questioned her talent to the point that she would not believe something was right. She followed that belief and did not pursue a musical career at all and eventually even gave up on acting.

L.H. was a natural when it came to creating art. He could make a canvas come to life nearly effortlessly. Early one he knew he loved to create and he believed that he was indeed gifted in that area. He chose to believe the truth and he went on to get a B.A. in art and is still creating art regularly. His choices and behavior were a response to his belief.

So, what do you believe? About being happy – About yourself – About God

If I told you that you were capable of doing something…

or that you were not capable of doing something…

and you BELIEVED me – how would it affect your choices/ behavior?

Do you believe God made you?

I believe the Bible is living and valid – not just a textbook full of history and rules. I also believe that life is not pointless. I believe that we are here on earth to enjoy God’s creation all around us – and to share how big God is and how big His love is for us.

God says this about himself in the book of John in the Bible. God also says that He has a plan/purpose for your life.

In Psalms it says God put you together before you were born. Do you believe GOD? So WHAT is your purpose? Your purpose is to glorify God every moment of every day. To glorify means to reveal or make clearer the glory of (God) by your actions.

Do you choose to believe this about your life? If so, how will this affect your behavior and choices?

Sometimes your choices have to be spur of the moment based on the situation and perhaps a crisis. If you do not know what you really believe or what is important to you during those times you generally will not make the best choice. You will take the easiest way out – at least the way that seems the easiest at the moment.

Your choices can mess up your life in seconds – and you have a life of seconds to live. If you live to 75 years old you will have lived 2.4 trillion seconds. Just one of those seconds can change your life forever.

The BIGGEST CHOICE YOU WILL EVER MAKE IS WHETHER TO BELIEVE IN JESUS. If you choose to believe what the Bible says about who Jesus is and that He came to save you from your sins, you will act on that belief in your behavior and choices each day.

There is no other belief that will affect your life as much as this belief. The Bible simply says, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

If you don’t really know much about Jesus, I would challenge you to pick up the Bible (try the English Standard Version – it is easy to understand) and read the book of John in the New Testament. The life Jesus lived was a life based on who He was. His behavior and choices always were in response to who He was and what He believed.

If you have already made a decision to believe in Jesus, I would challenge you to study how that belief is reflected in your daily behavior and choices. As you study, if you see that your behavior and choices are not strongly based on your belief in Jesus – study more about Him and who He is and His desires for you to live and abundant life.

Remember that tomorrow is another day of seconds. How will you live and what will you believe to make those seconds add up to a life full of joy, peace and contentment?

Carin Hansen has been helping women and men, of all ages, look their best through articles, blogs, books, seminars and workshops for much of her life. Because she interacts with many lives, in very personal ways, she has unique insights into the spiritual struggles both men and women alike face.

Speak for the Children and Be Their Voice

How many of you experienced firsthand being abused while you are still young by people you personally know or by strangers and have not got the courage to report it to authorities or to tell anyone about it?

Have any of you witnessed people, young and old, bullied and abused but have done nothing about it to stop it?

Do you know a child being bullied, abused, disrespected and yet you do nothing to help?

How would you feel if you are abused, bullied and experiencing violence and yet no one cares to help you, to defend you and to take you away from that situation?

An act that harms and mistreats children either physically, sexually, mentally or emotionally is child abuse.

Physical Abuse is the most visible sign of children being abused. It is the use of any kind of violence or force against children that causes injury, pain, physical suffering or even death.

Sexual Abuse is a non-consensual physical contact on anyone and on any child. Forcing, pressuring, asking a child to do sexual activities with or without consent is a crime.

Mental or Emotional Abuse is a form of abuse through words by calling names, ridiculing, belittling, shaming, degrading, humiliating, destroying of personal belongings, threatening, bullying, ignoring and rejecting a child or exposing the child to violence.

Nobody in their sound mind would want to be in any kinds of abuse. In situations where adults can hardly defend themselves against these abuses, it’s hard to imagine these kids who are helpless, innocent and powerless who can’t fight for themselves. Just by the thought of it, it’s sickening how abusers can face a day without guilt in them. They should know that no person deserves to be in such awful situation.

Some abused children grew up unconsciously to be abusers. However, many abused children have become great parents too by motivating themselves to protect and take care of their children against the abuse they went through.

Let these kids have their chance and right to live a life safe from any sexual, verbal, physical, emotional violence and instead let them feel loved and protected.

What is the point of bringing a child into this messed up world if we are not going to take care of them?

When One Door Closes, Another Opens

Life is a journey! I’m sure we’ve all heard that one before, right? Sadly, though, sometimes this journey has some disappointments and sometimes doors slam in our face. I’m sure we’ve all experienced disappointments in our lives from time to time, right? But don’t sweat it because just like winter has its opposite in summer, and night has its opposite in day, a door closing on our hopes, ambitions, and dreams has its opposite in the form of another door opening that promises us even better hopes, ambitions, and dreams.

Now what happens when we just outright get rejected and hurt by a door slamming violently in our faces? Believe it or not, same success and leadership principle from above is still at work! That violent door brutally slamming on us and even hurting us has its opposite too. Passing through that painful slamming door just wasn’t meant to be. There is a better door right down the road for us if we’d only be brave enough to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and journey down the road a bit further. If we find the courage, will, and wisdom to travel further, I’m sure we’ll find an even better future door opening for us that we couldn’t see from way back there in our past.

Still not sure… Think back to a time when you had an old boyfriend or girlfriend that broke your heart and you worried that you may never find another one… What happened? Yup! You found another one. What about that old job you were worried about leaving? You found another one of those too, didn’t you? See… It really works, doesn’t it?

Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember, when one door closes in life, another finds a way to open a little bit later and a little bit further on down the road. Step through that newly opened door and enjoy the new, exciting journey. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…