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Get Fit With Your Kids

Here's a workout even the busiest parent can find time to do.

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When it comes to keeping fit, a little goes a long way. Bryant recommends that parents get about 30 minutes of exercise daily to maintain health, and an hour a day to lose weight. Children should get at least an hour of exercise a day.

But Bryant warns against doing too much too fast, which might lead you to abandon your fitness routine entirely. If you've been sedentary, start with 10-15 minutes of exercise a day. Move at a comfortable pace -- you want to get your heart rate up, but only to the point where you can still comfortably carry on a conversation.

"You've got to think of exercise like loose change in your pocket. Every little bit you do adds up and counts," Bryant tells WebMD.

Originally published August 4, 2004

Medically updated July 26, 2005.

What if your kids haven't been active lately and are reluctant to get moving? Talk about the health benefits of exercise, and they'll space out. Instead, focus on the fact that if they have more energy, they'll have more fun.

"Use external motivators, rewards like movie tickets," says Bryant. Just don't make the reward cookies and cake! When you make fitness a part of family time, it will become as natural as eating dinner together.

Reviewed on August 11, 2005

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