The world today tells youth that they are to play, have fun and take it easy; life is good. Because of this, many kids don't want to do hard things like exercising, even if they are necessary. Even so, let's face it: most kids are busy with school at least eight hours a day; staying fit is difficult.
What Can You Do?
As parents, you can do the most powerful thing: set them a good example. If you want your kids to exercise for thirty minutes each day, you do it yourself. Show them just how easy, fun and rewarding it can be. It would be great if you could include your child in your exercising routine.
If you child attends school, look into school programs such as boxing, wrestling, weight lifting, track, soccer, basketball, etc. If there is a goal or some competition involved, this often sets a child's ambition on fire--exactly what you're trying to do.
During the summer months, don't let your child get out of shape. This will it make it less exciting and harder to start exercising again when school starts. Look for a community sports program or perhaps even start your own. If your kids are older, encourage them to organize weekly sports in their backyard or local park.
Working during the summer can also be exercise. Older guys can do yard/lawn work, construction, etc. and girls can babysit and also help with yard work at home. If all else fails, I'm sure as parents you can find work for your kids around the house that involves exercising.
As the parents, you can provide your kids with a healthier diet, thus making loosing weight easier and faster.
Firing Up the Ambition
Anything becomes fun and easy if you can only motivate your kid. Anything involving their friends will be considered cool. And don't you think that most kids, regardless of what they say, really feel special when you spend time with them?
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