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Fitness: Teaching Your Child to Stay Active

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Introduction

Physical activity is essential for lifelong health and well-being. A child can't be healthy if he or she isn't playing actively or exercising most days of the week.

One of the very best things you can do for your children's health is to help make physical activity a habit—something that will be a natural part of their daily lives through adulthood.


How do you help your child get and stay active?

Remember that your child's habits start with you. You are the role model. Your habits affect your children's habits.

If physical activity is a habit for you, it will more likely become a habit for your children.

Stay positive

It is important that your children have fun, so don't force them to exercise. Instead, find activities that they like to do and will do without being asked. You can help them stay active and healthy if you:

Tips for activity in and around the home

Activities at school or clubs

As you make plans to encourage physical activity, think about the problems that might keep your child and family from being physically active. Common things such as bad weather, busy schedules, or just being tired can happen all too easily. Have other options so that you and your child stay active.


Credits for Fitness: Teaching Your Child to Stay Active

Current as of: May 5, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics


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