It’s funny how adults seem to think that when it comes to sports, kids are different from them. From warming up to the cool down stretching, and from eating proper pregame to eating proper recovery food, most adults seem to think that these things are only important for them. Or perhaps they are aware of it; but are unsure of how to get these explained to their kids? Regardless to why, the important thing is that your child eats well before practice or on sports days. Here are our simple tips and tricks on how to do so.
Use their language
Be it preteens or teenagers; you can’t really get kids now-a-days to do things your way by lecturing or shouting at them. Try to have a casual and friendly talk with them regarding this topic. Use words and examples that they can relate to. If they idolize a certain sports star, don’t hesitate to use them as an example!
Appeal to their need
Most children are naturally competitive. And by an early age, they are pretty determined to be better, bigger, stronger or faster than someone or other. Make use of this. There’s nothing wrong in using this sneaky trick, as you are only looking out for them. Explain how the proper food (and warm up) can help them perform better. Explain how hydrating in between can help them keep at it for longer.
Try to make the healthy interesting too
As it is, they probably feel like they are “doing you a favor” by eating healthy food pre-game and post-game. Don’t make that favor and “sacrifice” appear bigger by making the healthy food look unappealing. Use your creativity and the help of the internet to make your food look interesting and appetizing.
Remember to practice what you preach
When it comes to kids, it’s all about what they see and hear, rather than what they are told. If you want your son or daughter to play sports; make sure to do a sport of two too. If you want them to eat proper before and after the game; make it a point that they see you doing the same. Have “casual conversations” about the benefits of it with your spouse while they are in hearing distance. Trust us, this one works wonders with early teens especially!
Don’t overdo it
If they agree to try it out, remember not to overdo it. Don’t drown them with food and juices after games to help them recover. Remember, for their age and the time that they spend for sports, they might even not be wasting much energy. And remember to compromise; as much as their health is important, so is their happiness!