Motivating Your Kids to Exercise


 

  1. Make exercise fun. (Find something active that your child truly enjoys doing

—then she will want to do it.)

  1. Set a good example. (Show your kids that exercise is an important part of your own life).
  2. Exercise with your kids. (The best motivator is getting outside with your kids).
  3. Turn off the television. (Or, make sure physical activity gets equal time to TV and computer time).
  4. Look beyond organized sports.
  5. Don’t use fitness as punishment. (“Give me 10 laps.”  “Drop and give me 25 push-ups”).  This sets a negative tone for fitness.
  6. Remember that physical fitness and good nutrition go hand-in-hand. (The good news is if you make exercise and good nutrition a part of your lifestyle, chances are your children will follow suit.)

More on this blog:

Are You Taking Care of Their Hearts: Tips from the American Heart Association

Monkey See, Monkey Do

In other places on the web:

Working Exercise into Your Family’s Lifestyle

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