Kids' Fitness Goals for 2019
It's hard to believe that 2018 has come to an end. For some, it was a great year filled with new accomplishments and goals conquered, and for others, it was resolutions and goals that where never fulfilled or met. The great thing about the coming New year is that you have a chance to try again. Here are a few helpful tips on how to help your child set and crush new fitness goals for 2019.
1. Make Sure your Shild Sets Realistic Goals
As a child, it is sometimes pretty easy to get caught up in the moment and shoot for the stars, and set goals that are unattainable. By setting unrealistic goals, it makes it a lot easier to give up on them. The intent to complete falls by the wayside of reality and hard work. By setting realistic goals, you are setting your child up for success, and at the end of the day, we all want that for our children.
2. Encourage - Don’t Discourage
Everyone loves to hear "I’m proud of you", or "well done", "great job!" A few words can go a long way. If your child’s goal is to do 20 pushups each night and for the first little while, they can only do 10 quality ones, celebrate it, encourage and motivate them. They will be eager to please you and themselves, and will strive to reach their goal. Positive words = positive results. Negative words, well those never work!
3. Rome wasn’t Built in a Day
Same thing applies here. Encourage your child to work at their goals daily, but keep them grounded and remind them that it’s a process and it takes time to get better. Enjoy the journey.
4. Create a Fitness Journal
Have your children keep a journal to follow their progress. Keeping a journal will help keep them accountable for their success or lack of. Visuals sometimes help children and adults stay on track.
5. Rewards Go a Long Way
At the end of each week, look over that journal and reward the positive strides that your child is making. It doesn’t have to be something big; just some kind of acknowledgement.
Hope these few tips help your child (and this works for adults too) stay on track to a new, healthier you in 2019. From all of us at H2T, Stay Fit, Stay Healthy. Happy New You!
About the Author: Sue Forberg is the Director at H2T Elite Dryland Training Inc. H2T is a multi-faceted state of the art dryland facility specializing in children the ages 5-16. A gym for kids you say... absolutely. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for young people through exercise and proper nutrition. H2T has created a fun age appropriate dryland program that gives every child what he/she needs from a developmental standpoint. Find out more at www.H2Tdryland.com.