MEDFORD, Ore---More than half of kids between the ages of 9 and 14 are unhappy with their bodies. That is according to a 2016 Journal of Pediatrics Study.
Adapt Physical Therapy has some ways that you can tackle the issue with your own kids.
Making exercise a punishment re-enforces that a kid does not want to do it. Instead, make exercise something that is fun to do. Try to engage in fun, movement-based activities with them during the day. For example, going out to shoot hoops gets them running around, while still just having some fun with their parents.
Make the conversation about benefits, instead of their weight. Explaining that exercise will make them feel better, and stronger will help them want to do it, instead of thinking that it is a chore.
Leading by example was a big topic among personal trainers with kids. They said they had more success when asking their children to do things with them, rather than just instructing them to go outside and play.
The gym can offer plenty of ways to get kids exercising without realizing they are doing it. Playing racquetball is a great example, or seeing how long they can balance on an exercise ball.
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