September 24th, 2010 by admin
There are many ways for parents to encourage their children to exercise, and it is the responsibility of parents to help maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle for their kids. While physical education instructors also play a part in kids’ health with indoor gym classes and outdoor PE games, it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents to be good influences.
With the rising rates of obesity among adolescents, we should all be concerned for the health of the generation we are currently raising. Here are a few great ways that parents can encourage their children to exercise and remain active, without making it seem like a chore!
Encourage after-dinner walks and bike rides. When kids are young, they love nothing more than quality time with their parents; why would you want to replace that with sitcoms and cartoons? Rather than allowing kids to lounge in front of the TV, computer, or video game, head outside for a family walk or bike ride. During warm summer nights this can also be a great time to take kids to local community parks and playgrounds to engage with other children.