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Parents Who Exercise: Overcoming the Challenges

8 tips for staying active when you have kids.

Exercise Tip for Parents No. 8: Be a Role Model

Whether they admit it or not, kids look to their parents as role models.

"What you do has a huge effect on what they do," says Chipko, who works with youth from 9 to 18.

If you’re a couch potato, you may pass that trait on to your children. On the other hand, if kids grow up in a family where they walk the dog, hike, or go for bike rides, they will emulate that behavior, says Keller.

"When trying to teach kids discipline," says Chipko, "you as a parent should have some as well."

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Reviewed on September 24, 2013

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