Boost their self-esteem
Remember how much you loved being embarrassed in gym class? Oh, wait, no one does. That’s why the first step to raising a kid who likes to be active is creating a positive, uplifting environment when you’re doing activities. “If you want them to do 20 push-ups, they may only be able to do one. The key thing is to always build on that one positive push-up,” says Len Saunders, children’s fitness expert and author of Keeping Kids Fit. By focusing on improvement and praising the effort over the results, your child’s confidence will grow and they’ll be more likely to want to lace up their sneakers the next time you want them to try a new activity.