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Kids need exercise

Updated on June 28, 2011

I believe that every child should get a minimum of an hour a day doing some form of exercise.

Obesity is a epidemic in the United States right now and it is a shame that it is affecting our children.

As a parent it is your job to encourage your child in everything that they do, and it is just as easy to suggest that they go for a walk or exercise as it is to let them chat on facebook all day long.

Now my goals for this hub is not to judge or hurt anyone's feelings,it is to help give you something to think about, you don't want your child to be unhealthy or risk becoming obese and getting bullied at school.

Here are some things that may be keeping your child from not getting enough exercise.

  • Internet.
  • Cell Phone.
  • Video Games.
  • They haven't been encouraged to.
  • They don't know it is important.

Put your child on a healthy routine.

  • Make sure they get up around the same time daily.
  • Try to give them a healthy diet.
  • Make sure they get proper medical care.
  • Make sure they go to bed around the same time nightly.
  • Get them to exercise for an hour a day

Be Pro Active

If you aren't getting results from talking with your kids,don't give up. you can find something that they will enjoy while they get their exercise.

But you need to be pro-active and demand that they find time for exercise.

Here are a few activities they might enjoy

  • Cycling - This is a good exercise but if you do this make sure to wear the right protective gear.
  • Walking - Kids really love the beauty of being outdoors
  • Tennis - Both boys & girls can do it.
  • Golf - Can be expensive but the younger they start the better.
  • Basketball - A fun exercise for both boys & girls.
  • Baseball - If you can't join a team just play catch.
  • Football - Throwing a football is fun
  • Swimming - most kids love swimming and you can throw a ball around in the pool.
  • Soccer - again, your child doesn't have to join a team to play soccer, just get out there with them and kick the ball around.

In closing I would like to say

  • Each child has a unique personality
  • Tell your child that you love them and you want the best for them.
  • Encourage them
  • Respect their choice.
  • Stop and listen to what your child has to say
  • Getting your child to exercise can be hard but the payoff is worth the effort.
  • Talk to your Dr. before starting any exercise program
  • I wish you only the best


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    Amelia Griggs 6 years ago

    Good hub...I totally agree!

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    cashmere 6 years ago from India

    Thankfully my six year old boy likes to go and meet his friends every evening and I send him cycling to do so. Still I have been thinking of making him take up a sport formally.

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    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    TY Brages That is exactly why I wrote this hub to help.

    I appreciate the feedback

  • brages07 profile image

    brages07 6 years ago from South Royalton, VT

    Great hub. It is amazing that childhood obesity is the problem that it is when the solution is quite simple. Hope it helps people.

  • manthy profile image

    Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks for all the kind words I appreciate you all

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    Jessica Shook 6 years ago from Talking Rock, Georgia

    starting when they are young and setting a good example is the only way, why would any kid eat broccoli while dad is eating pizza? I love this article up and useful!

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    jenwat0405 6 years ago from Texas

    I agree with you. We do need to be more preactive with our kids. My boys have no problem, and actually I am always asking them to sit still. However, my daughter is a lazybones and I always have to stay on her to get up and do stuff. We even limit her computer, video game, and TV time...she's my challenge but she isn't over weight.

    Great and relevant article!

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    Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

    Yes, some really good advice. Fortunately my children are nor over weight, but it is likely because I already do a lot of the points you mention. Great hub earning you a vote-up and a useful.

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    mulberry1 6 years ago

    Good advice. For life long health, kids need to develop the right habits. I also agree with HennieN., setting an example is another good way of fostering more activity with kids. I grew up with a family that spent time together hiking, playing softball, basketball, bicycling, and so forth together on a routine basis.

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    HennieN 6 years ago from South Africa

    The best way as parent is to set an example. My boys love it when they can go jogging with me.