Raising Fit Kids: Move

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How can I encourage my overweight teen to exercise?

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Start with small steps, such as a 10-minute walk every day or every other day after school. Add a minute more of walking each time, and have your child track their progress.

Seeing the minutes add up can help boost their motivation. You might also set up a contract with them that offers rewards for racking up more minutes.

Praise and encourage them for any positive steps they take toward being healthier.

From: 5 Ways to Help Unfit Teens Get Moving WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 08, 2019

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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 08, 2019

Ruiz, J. April 2010. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,

Spear, B. December 2007. Pediatrics,

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Tips to Reduce Screen Time."

Women's Health.gov: "Body Works: A Toolkit for Teens and Strong Families."

American Heart Association: "Tips for Raising Heart-Healthy, Active Children."

McGuigan, M. January 2009. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Policy Statement: Strength Training by Children and Adolescents."

HealthyChildren.org, American Academy of Pediatrics: "Physical Activity: Make the Right Choice for Your Child;" "Encouraging Your Child to be Physically Active;" "Making Fitness A Way of Life;" and "Physical Activity = Better Health."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 08, 2019

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