Tips for Encouraging Kids to be Active... and turn off their electronics

As a mom of three boys between the ages of 7 and 11, I understand the importance of keeping kids active. I truly believe that getting kids to play sports is critical to their physical, mental and emotional well-being. I also understand that in this age of technology, it is getting increasingly difficult to get kids to turn off their electronics and get moving. So, today I am sharing some simple and helpful tips for encouraging kids to be active, AND I’m sharing details about an awesome and exciting contest from Under Armour* and Sport Chek*!

Find what they love. -- My boys all love hockey, but they also enjoy anything that involves running around or playing with a ball or puck. I encourage them to participate in organized sports, but I also urge them to take part in unstructured physical endeavors too. I love to watch them play neighborhood games of ball, tag, Frisbee, or hide and seek… and I enjoy watching them go on bike rides/runs/hikes too. If they are moving and smiling, I’m happy!

Support them. Encourage them. Watch them. Cheer for them. -- I really try and teach my kids that the point of playing sports is not winning… it’s about working hard and doing their best. I want my boys to know that I love to watch them play and that I am always proud of them.

Set them up for success. -- I feel that my role as a parent is to help make sure my boys have the things they need to succeed. I get them the gear they require, help them fuel their bodies with healthy foods., and teach them to be disciplined and respectful.

Make it fun. -- Childhood sports are about being active, dreaming big, working hard, and having fun… period.

Are your kids into being active and having fun? Under Armour and Sport Chek are looking for the NEXT generation of Canadian Under Armour athletes. Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 are eligible to compete for their spot on TEAM UA NEXT. The winners of the competition will become Under Armour youth ambassadors and be part of an ad campaign at Sport Chek stores across Canada.

In 2016, Under Armour and Sport Chek launched Team UA NEXT to find the next generation of Under Armour athletes. Maya Rajhans and Brenden McLeod were chosen to join the elite roster of athletes to serve as the first Canadian youth ambassadors for the brand.

2018 Team UA NEXT powered by Sport Chek contest launched on June 1, 2017. To enter the contest, parents of young athletes ranging from 7-12 can submit videos (via ) of their kids participating in sports. Fun, right?

Seriously… go to the website NOW and enter your sporty kid for a chance to win.

Good luck, and have fun!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

*Disclosure: I received compensation as part of my affiliation with Under Armour and Sport Chek .... however (as always) the opinions on this blog are 100% my own... and my love for encouraging my boys to be active is real. I also genuinely love Under Armour clothes for my boys, and I only ever promote products that my boys and I like and believe in.

For more information on TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Check, visit Also check out @sportchek on Twitter and Instagram using #TAKEYOURSPOT and #UANEXTCANADA.

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