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Getting Kids to Exercise

In the age of technology, it can be difficult to motivate children to become physically active. Children spend a lot of time watching television and even more time on the internet or playing video games. So what's the best way to get them up and moving around or take an interest in sports? Set an example.

Psychologists may argue forever about whether humans are born with traits or aquire them, but one thing is certain, if a child sees beneficial results from something, they will pay more attention to it. Getting yourself in shape and maintaining a schedule of physical activity should be the best place to start.

Once you are physically fit, try involving your child in your exercise routine or sports that you play and focus on what they enjoy doing the most. Remember to take things slowly so that their body can adjust and has enough time to recover from being more active. It's also very important to keep them from overexerting themselves and/or becoming dehydrated - make sure they drink fluids, preferably water, before, during and after activities.

If you're not in shape, chances are you're child may not feel the need to be physically fit. Even moderate exercise can make a big difference when it comes to their long-term health, so get them active early. If you have a broadband connection, try searching for Videos of fitness or exercise routines that can be viewed online, such as aerobics, weightlifting and yoga. They can be very educational and offer a new medium of learning for children -- just make sure that they are suitable for children.

last update: February 2009

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