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In today's society, it seems like getting children to go outside can be very difficult. They are more focused on playing electronic games and watching TV and it can be very hard to tear them away from these things. As a parent, you are probably wanting your kids to play outside more because it is good for them. The sun gives them Vitamin D and playing outside improves their cardiovascular health so outdoor time should be important to every family. If you are a parent that is struggling to get your kid off the couch, here are some tips that can help.

Putting your kids in sports

Getting your child involved in outdoor sports can help them to want to go outside more. This is because your kid will meet new peers that they can play with and have fun at the same time. Playing sports for fun can help your youngster develop a long-term routine of wanting to work out and play sports when they get older. Sports like football and soccer are good outside activities to explore. Soccer also allows children to play at the age of 3 so you can get them started young.

Taking your child to the playground.

Sometimes you have to surprise your child and offer something new to do other than just playing at home all of the time. Going to the local playground and inviting some of your kid's friends from school on the weekend can be a great outdoor activity for them. It also allows them to play with other children that they may not go to school with and meet new friends. The playground is a free way to ensure that your child has fun outside.

Getting a swimming pool.

Getting a pool can be a fun thing for your kids to do in the summer and also can be a good exercise for you. It can also be a fun activity for your kids to do with some of their friends. Maryland pool construction can be easy and affordable for all budget types and this may be something that you would want to look into if you have the yard space. Swimming is also good cardio for everybody so they can get a workout in while having the time of their lives.

Outdoor toys

Buying your kids toys that they can play with outside can encourage them to get out there. Some things that excite kids include jump rope, hula hoops, and sidewalk chalk. All of these are inexpensive and can be purchased at a dollar store or drug store and your kids will have tons of fun. Some more expensive toys that can be purchased to play with outside are trampolines or a playground set. Kids really enjoy these things and having them at their homes will spark an interest in getting outside more regularly.

It may be hard to break the habit of your kid wanting to stay inside and play on their tablets or watch television all day, but it definitely can be done. Encourage your child each day to go outside to play. This can be easy if they have a sibling to play with. If you are raising an only child try inviting some friends over or taking your child to someone's house to encourage outdoor activity. Getting your kids involved in some type of activity will also help a lot. The more they enjoy the activity that they do the more they are going to want to repeat and continue. 

When you are encouraging them to play outside do some of the activities with them. Kids love to play with their parents and this can help you to bond more with your child while you are both getting some sunlight and some exercise on a daily basis.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

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