Navigation Links
Fun Ways to Include Kids in Fitness Resolutions
Date:1/3/2012

TUESDAY, Jan. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Parents can involve their children in any New Year's fitness resolutions they may have in the works, says one fitness expert, by making exercise seem fun and exciting.

"If you say, 'We're going to take the kids out for a walk this evening,' most kids are going to say, 'Wait, we have to leave the video games or television?'" cautioned Michael Berry, chair of the health and exercise science department at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., in a university news release. "Kids like to play games, they like to be engaged, so exercise needs to be something that is sports-oriented or game-oriented."

Berry noted that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises kids to get at least an hour a day of physical activity, including recreation that involves muscle strengthening.

He outlined concrete steps parents can take to make exercise adventurous and enjoyable for children in the coming year:

  • Involve children in compiling a fitness "wish list" to get at what kids actually want to do, and allow them a roster of activities to choose from a couple of times a month.
  • Replace the typical family pizza night with a family fitness night to benefit everyone's waistline.
  • Walking to school, sauntering around the neighborhood to see the local holiday decorations or visiting local fitness attractions -- such as a rock-climbing or trampoline facility -- are additional ways to for parents to engage children, Berry said.
  • In addition to scheduling two to three moderately active half-hour exercise dates per week, parents can turn a child's penchant for gaming to everyone's advantage by carefully choosing those games that call for lots of movement and high energy. He cited the "Just Dance" title from Wii as an option.
  • But in the end, Berry said, the biggest benefits occur outside the living room, whether that means signing up junior for team sports like basketball or soccer, or taking a family hike in the local nature preserve or park.

More information

For more on exercise recommendations for children, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

--Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Wake Forest University, news release, Dec. 26, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows why underrepresented men should be included in binge eating research
2. New ADHD Guidelines Include Preschoolers, Older Teens
3. A Good Diet Includes Many Cancer-Fighting Foods: Expert
4. HIV research included in journal
5. CNIC and Grupo Santander present a new venue for imaging tests included in PESA study
6. New guidelines for preventing falls in the elderly include: start tai chi, cut-back on meds
7. Feeling included -- kids with disabilities have their say in landmark study
8. Online coverage of XVIII International AIDS Conference to include daily webcasts, live coverage, podcasts and news recaps
9. Microfluidics Expands Partnership with Particle Sciences to Include Continuous Crystallization Capabilities
10. Oransi HEPA Air Purifiers Include 3 Free Filters from June 23 through July 6 – A $200+ Savings
11. iPBX Hosted Communications Service from DSCI Now Includes Bria Softphone
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fun Ways to Include Kids in Fitness Resolutions 
(Date:5/26/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... pleased to announce a new educational seminar to focus on current legislative activity ... News(LEARN) seminar will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, and will continue ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Boar’s Head Brand®, one of the nation’s ... entertaining that are sure to satisfy your guests’ flavor cravings, while adding delicious ... featured in these refreshingly balanced recipes are packed with flavor, creating the perfect ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... focusing on the Peace Agreements being discussed by President Donald Trump and the rest ... to try to speed up peace talks in the continuous battle between Israel and ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... “When the Stars Lead Home”: ... the creation of published author Laura Weigel Douglas, an avid reader who lives in ... house that sometimes feels like Green Hills Adventure Camp. She couldn’t be more grateful. ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... “Cactus Jack: Against All Odds”: the ... others. “Cactus Jack: Against All Odds” is the creation of published author, Walter ... is married to Jack Carlisle’s third child Jane. Walter. Walter and Jane have ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/22/2017)... 22, 2017  As the specialty pharmacy industry ... to make the revolutionary shift from volume-based to ... ensuring positive patient outcomes and shaping the future ... focus away from clinical trials and toward data ... specialty drug therapy utilization in precise patient populations. ...
(Date:5/12/2017)... Canada joint tech company Laughing Face has developed ... and features a powerful disinfection process. The company has ... and sanitizes women,s panties or babies, cloth diapers in 25 minutes. ... Laughing ... external water inlet. ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... , May 10, 2017 Radiology has ... unfortunately its costs have also spiraled to the number ... sent to radiology than ever before as the most ... For a patient with lower back pain an MRI ... anatomical reason for pain, resulting in entirely different treatment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: