How do you encourage your son or daughter to take part in sport – or do anything physical (it doesn’t need to be an organised activity but that would help)?
My daughter hates the idea of sport (she has never really done any) and we have big arguments about trying to stay fit. She is very self-conscious and doesn’t like the idea of people watching her. She would struggle with many activities but I am willing to try anything!
I can see that there are lots of options about (https://www.mencap.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/mencap-sport/get-active) but I don’t even get this far as she has no motivation.
Any ideas? Advice?
I know this sounds strange but I think the trick is finding something people are interested in -even if it is not traditional sport.
A friend of mine likes dance music and goes to an exercise class where you have glow sticks and dance around in the dark.
It is great as no one can see you. She is a hopeless dancer but just likes the music.
Hi @emma.walker this sounds really difficult. You clearly just want your daughter to be healthy and happy, and to support her in anyway you can. I can imagine that she might feel self-conscious at a traditional gym or swimming pool - so many people do. I agree with @Nell - is there something else you can try that doesn’t ‘look like’ sport. For example, would she enjoy a walk around with a friend and a bit of Pokemon Go? A dance at home to one song? It doesn’t have to be much - every little bit helps, and every step or change makes a difference. I love the idea of dancing with glow sticks in the dark Hope this helps. Remember that you’re doing the best you can.
It can be so hard to get started when it comes to sport.
If you are near a local Mencap group they may run activities that might seen less daunting. There is more info about this on here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/mencap-sport/get-active
Our Round the World Challenge might also be worth a look - https://www.mencap.org.uk/about-us/our-projects/mencap-sport/round-world-challenge as your daughter might like the idea of working towards something. It may also be a good way to meet other people in a similar situation.
I really hope one of these helps.
The other activity that I spotted recently was trampolining. I love it (although it is exhausting) and I know many trampoline parks run accessible sessions.
All the best
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