What are the keys to kids fitness and healthy weight? What exercise and games keep kids involved? How can kids get the most out of their fitness and weight management programs? What about the role of adults and parents in kids fitness and weight activities?

Hopefully, the following will provide some useful ideas that help keep kids fit and help in controlling their weight.

First of all, we want to be sure that kids are interested and motivated to participate. It must be fun. This is critical to success and enthusiastic participation. They are much more likely to stay actively involved and succeeded when it's fun. This will help them gain the most fitness benefits, and ward off unhealthy weight gain that comes withactivity. With a little forethought we can keep them engaged over the long haul.

The importance of kids seeing the activities as being fun and enjoyable can not be overemphasized. This is key to motivation. If it appears to them that what they are doing is just to keep fit, and to maintain healthy body weight, they are much less likely to stay with it, or remain interested. If they see exercise as a must, it becomes drudgery and they will only exercise when required, or not at all.

Be sure to gear the activities to the ages of the kids involved. Very young kids respond best to loosely structured play. Running, jumping, playing tag, hide and seek, dodge and obstacle games, are good examples. Keep it simple, offer assistance, and encourage all to become involved, and let them go. They get plenty creative and will find ways to make it fun.

As kids get a little older you can introduce more sophisticated games with more complex rules and guidelines. It usually means more structure, rules, teamwork, cooperation, organization, and skills development. Touch or flag football, basketball, softball, kickball, soccer, track and running events, just to name a few of the more common ones. There are many more that will match almost any interest that will work equally well. Try varying them and matching the kids to those activities and games they like best.

Sometimes, conditioning and strengthening routines can be introduced as part of kids games. At this point they will have a better understanding of why this is a part of improving their skills, fitness, and attaining optimum body strength and body weight.

Conditioning and strength is often overlooked. Kids may not find this part quite so attractive, but if the routines are reasonable in time and intensity, they will be OK with it.

As a former college football player and current Marathoner, I can testify to the value of strength and fitness routines. Injury prevention and skill development are two of the primary benefits.

Some of the kids may even look forward to the strength and conditioning parts, as it gives them opportunity to prove their “mettle”, and they recognize the role these plays in skills development and exceeding their previous limits.

There are many more benefits and rewards to kids physical activities. This just touches a few of them.

In conclusion, it really is not that hard to get kids involved in fitness activities that will result in good health, fitness, good weight, and often times good friends. What better way to remain healthy, involved, connected, and vital. Starting early and focusing on the long run is the best approach. The rewards are numerous. The alternatives are far to costly.