We can all agree that it is important for children to be physically active and that there are many benefits to leading a healthy and physically active life – but is it good enough for our children to be active, while we watch from the sidelines?

Even if you, as an adult have active pursuits of your own, taking the time to actually participate in physical activity with your child or children that you work with can have a lasting positive effect on their lives. Our words and actions shape their experiences. Playing with them shows them that its fun for all ages, encouraging them helps build their confidence and self-esteem. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a coach, a recreation leader – or all of the above – never underestimate the influence you have on a child’s life and the outcome of their future. Creating positive experiences through being an active and positive role model for children is a great way to help them enjoy physical activity and will help increase the chance of them staying active throughout their lifespan.

So next time you are at the park, skip the bench and give yourself a play break too... you might surprise yourself and have a bit of fun!

There are some great examples and tips on how to be a great and active role model for kids: