Are your kids an active bunch? If not, and they’re just lying around in your living room browsing their smartphones or confined in their bedroom playing computer games, would you like them to be more active? There are several ways you can get them moving and help them adapt a healthier lifestyle, and you could start with your backyard.
You can set up an outdoor sports area (for soccer, basketball, or cricket pitch, perhaps) or even a gym for teens. You can even engage them in climbing if you can find a climbing wall that can fit in your backyard. For younger kids, a large jungle gym or a flying fox setup would be a great place to have fun whilst working up a sweat. Aside from keeping extra weight off and preventing childhood obesity (and its nasty health effects), these activities can help enhance muscle strength, coordination and balance, flexibility, and even psychological well-being.