There is little argument that children today need more daily exercise. Childhood obesity is at an all time high and the risks involved with being overweight as a child are not to be taken lightly. The cool and crisp weather of Fall is a perfect time to achieve the daily required amount of exercise out doors. With an abundance of electronic lures that seem to keep children indoors and trapped in a somewhat sedentary lifestyle, parents must be resourceful in making exercise more appealing. A wonderful and fun way to encourage your child to get more exercise to start a mileage club. A mileage club enables children and parents to get exercise, fresh air and socialize as well.
What You Need To Start A Mileage Club. All you need to get a mileage club started is a few enthusiastic children and a parent or chaperon for each child. Ideally, this should be kids and adults that you and your children enjoy spending time with and live close by in the neighborhood. Each member of the mileage club should have a good pair of sneakers to ensure that feet are protected from injury. Pedometers can be used to track distance or you can use routes where you know the mileage.
How To Start A Mileage Club. After rallying a few close friends to join the mileage club, each child should be rewarded for their desire to join. Print up a few certificates on the computer that say “I’m A Part Of The Mileage Club.” Use your imagination and be as crafty as you like. Children love to be recognized for their achievements. Receiving a certificate for their desire to join a mileage club will surely keep their enthusiasm high. You can also trace footprints on construction paper, punch a hole in it and use colored string to make mileage club necklaces.
Goals Of The Mileage Club. The goal of the mileage club is simply to walk every day and put mileage on their sneakers. Choose an appropriate daily distance according to the ages of the children. Vary the route to make it interesting. Be sure each member of the mileage club has a water bottle and a sweater or jacket if necessary. Walk at a comfortable pace for all members of the club. Children are not up to power walking and become easily distracted by the outdoors. The goal is to walk the steps and enjoy the exercise, not to become overexerted.
Organizing The Mileage Club. Choose a set amount of days and times to walk with the mileage club. Schedules can get very hectic so planning specifically when the mileage club will meet and walk is essential to remaining committed. The mileage club can walk a few nights a week after dinner, every Sunday afternoon and make the walk to school a part of the weekly mileage goal. Be sure the paths taken are well lit and have safe terrain.
Rewards Of The Mileage Club. Besides the obvious advantage of increased exercise, the children and adults of the mileage club get to enjoy the fresh air and companionship in a healthy activity.
How To Keep Enthusiasm For The Mileage Club Going. Set a goal for a certain steps or distance covered and then reward everyone with a fun activity. Plan a day of picnicking in the park or a movie night at someone’s house. Keep the children motivated and excited about the mileage club by offering fun rewards and healthy treats.
The key to keeping children interested in exercise is to make it fun and keep it interesting. Start a mileage club with your children and their friends and reap the many rewards that regular exercise brings.