Physical Activity for Children and Teens - Tips for Helping Your Child
Look for ways to make exercise and fitness more fun.
whether your child enjoys a certain activity. If he or she does not, look
for other activities to try. Make activities more fun, perhaps by making them part of
family outings, making up games to do along your route, or inviting friends to
Expose your children to activities they can do for a lifetime.
Swimming, biking, and hiking are examples of activities many people enjoy until well into old age.
Be a good role model for your children.
If you treat your fitness
program as an unpleasant chore, your children won't see it as much fun either.
On the other hand, try not to emphasize fitness so much that your children feel
pressure to keep up with your expectations.
Try to create a home atmosphere that encourages being active.
Children who live in a household where both parents are inactive are likely to
see themselves as naturally inactive too.
Reduce your child’s time in front of the TV and computer.
There is a direct link between reducing these activities and increasing
your child's physical activity. Remember that exercise does not have to be
complicated. Just sending children out to play is healthier than having them
sitting in front of the TV or computer.
If your child is involved in organized sports:
Learn about the risks of injuries for that sport (which may be
different for children than for adults) and how to prevent them. If you have
concerns, talk to your child's doctor.
Get to know your child's coach. Make sure that the coach knows
something about sports medicine for that particular sport.
Learn about the coach's style for getting children to learn
skills and play well. You and your child should be comfortable with the coach's
style and the coach's skills.