Not too many years ago you could expect all kids to get exercise during gym class at school as well as spending time outdoors playing or riding bikes and skateboards. However, between computers and video games we all know children and teens are spending less time in physical activity and more time being sedentary. Our goal is to keep your teenager moving and more fitness motivated as they grow.
We know and teach them the importance of maintaining a healthy body, but that doesn’t mean that they do what’s best in order to stay healthy. It’s so much easier to sit around instead of being active. They may also eat too much of the wrong foods which leads them to gain an unhealthy amount of weight.
To combat extra weight, it’s important for teens to be active every day. Not only will they be healthier, they’ll also have more energy and feel better about themselves. Taking the time to get and stay healthy while they’re young will also help teens prevent serious diseases in the future. Diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis are just a few of the diseases that may be avoided.
Most experts recommend that teens get a minimum of one hour of physical exercise each day of the week. Unfortunately, children tend to stop being active as they reach their teens. If they’ve played organized sports in the past, they may have dropped out of them in favor of other non-physical activities. High school sports are more competitive and many kids decide that’s not their thing. But there are ways we can nudge them to be more active.
Encourage them to try a new sport. Sports are more than baseball, basketball, soccer, and football. There is also gymnastics, skateboarding, swimming, tennis, dancing, or ice skating. Purchase some free weights and set them up at your home. You can take up working out with your teen as a way to help them stay fitness motivated.
Give your teen the opportunity to choose which sport they’ll be involved in or what they’ll do to stay physically active. What they choose to do to keep themselves moving isn’t nearly important as the fact that they are moving and that they do it regularly.
Find fun activities that you can enjoy with your teen. Perhaps you both need to start out slowly. You may be able to find a walking trail the two of you can go to. Re-learn to roller skate or learn how to rollerblade. Whatever you and your teen choose, you want to be sure that the activity is something you’ll continue doing and that will fit into your schedule.
Purchase a step tracker. Step trackers are competition. Buy one for you and your teen and then compete for who can get the most steps each day. Keep upping your goals as you see how many steps the stinkers do take at school each day lol This one works two-fold…it gets you more motivated to get more steps personally 😉
If you’re concerned about how inactive your teen is these days, you probably recognize the importance of keeping your teen’s fitness motivation up. Give them options, join in the fun, and watch how they’ll soon stop their sedentary ways.