Many kids are not getting enough exercise today. To keep your child on the road to a healthy lifestyle (and help her burn off school-related stress), try these ideas:
Find activities she enjoys. If she’s sports-oriented, join her for a tennis match or some one-on-one basketball (but don’t become too competitive). If she’s not very athletic, try something like bike-riding or hiking.
Don’t compare her with others. Kids grow at different rates. If your child is taller, heavier, faster or slower than her friends, don’t point it out. She already knows.
Remember that she’s a child, not a small adult. When looking for fitness-related activities, find things she likes—not things you think she should like. Exercise for your child should be fun.
Set a good example. Your child will learn as much from what you do as from what you say. If you want physical fitness to be a part of her life, make it part of yours, too. Instead of flopping down on the couch after dinner, go for a walk. Rather than chugging soda all day, opt for ice water.
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