Young teens usually get some type of regular exercise. But this becomes less common the older children get. By the time they are adults, they may have lost the habit.

If your child is exercising, take note. “It’s wonderful that you enjoy swimming so much.” “It’s quite an accomplishment to ride your bike for 15 miles!” Or even, “I can tell you’ve gotten stronger since you started helping with the yard work.”

Be as positive and encouraging as you can. This will help motivate your child to continue exercising as she gets older.

Of course, talk can only do so much. Your child will be much more likely to exercise if she sees you doing the same. You can set a good example by gardening, running, or even taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

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