Raising Fit Kids: Move

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How should I cut screen time for my out-of-shape teen?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 2 hours a day of watching TV or playing video or computer games. When your family does spend time in front of the screen, try these things: See who can do the most push-ups or leg lifts during commercial breaks, or schedule activity breaks from gaming. And be a role model. Routinely do some crunches or other exercises while watching TV. Or keep small dumbbells and elastic bands in a box next to the TV to use during commercials or shows.

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

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 08, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 09/08/2019

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

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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

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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