Children's Exercise

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges. Dr. Edward Hill gives tips for parents to get their children to exercise in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The American Council on Exercise offers the following suggestions for parents to motivate their children to exercise:

Dont just tell your children that exercise is fun - show them.

Include children in vigorous household tasks, such as gardening or washing the car.

Plan outings and activities that involve walking, such as exercising the dog or hiking in the woods.

Check if your local wellness center or gym offers special exercise programs for children.

Create a reward system to motivate children on the move. Recognize good fitness habits with new equipment, such as a soccer ball, jump rope or even a bike.

Make team sports fun for children. Emphasize the positives of improved health, teamwork and self-esteem. Avoid focusing on competition and failure.

When trying to motivate teenagers to exercise, appeal to their need for entertainment and social interaction. Whenever possible, include their friends in your fitness activities.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.