Here are 12 great tips to help get your child off the couch and out to exercise. Exercise is a critically important factor in bringing an end to childhood obesity. I posted yesterday about the importance of healthy plant-based school lunches – that include potatoes – and it is important that we make sure that our schools have PE and after school sports. It is also essential that families engage in physical activities together. The Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss program Slender For Life™ knows that ending childhood obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles has to be a family affair. Exercise hypnosis is the perfect tool to use to help motivate you and your family. Not only can your kids use self hypnosis for exercise, they will discover that hypnotherapy can help them with academics as well.

When Your Child Won’t Exercise
12 Tips to Get Your Couch Potato Moving

WebMD Feature: Some children just aren’t into sports, but that shouldn’t mean they have to be glued to the tube. Creative kid fitness, experts tell WebMD, may be as simple as a walk in the park. Help your sedentary son or daughter discover the benefits and joys of physical activity with these 12 tips.

Kid Fitness Tip #1: Think outside the playing field.
Not everyone is drawn to organized sports such as soccer or baseball. Look for other activities your child will enjoy — like dancing, rock climbing, swimming, or martial arts. And have patience — it may take some trial and error before your kid finds the right fit.

Kid Fitness Tip #2: Join in the game.
Kids love it when their parents play with them. So encourage children’s fitness by taking a family hike. Have a game of catch. Walk or bike to school together. Play hopscotch.

Kid Fitness Tip #3: Limit screen time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids get no more than one to two hours of screen time a day, whether that’s watching TV, surfing the Internet, or playing video games.

Kid Fitness Tip #4: Lead by example.
If you vegetate in front of the TV every night, the remote control in one hand and a bag of chips in the other, you’re not practicing what you preach. And your kids aren’t likely to respect restrictions you set on their screen time either. So check your own viewing behavior and serve as a role model by incorporating physical activity into your everyday life.

Kid Fitness Tip #5: Offer positive feedback.
Praise a child for perfecting that handstand or figuring out how to pump those legs to swing high in the sky. Out-of-shape or uncoordinated children need to hear encouragement for reaching even small goals, such as walking or biking further than last time.

Kid Fitness Tip #6: Bring a friend along.
Kids love to hang out with their peers, so invite a buddy along for a bike ride, offer to bring a friend ice-skating, or head to the pool with a companion.

Kid Fitness Tip #7: Use exercise as a reward.
Forcing a child to go outside and play may backfire and increase resentment and resistance. Exercise should never be punitive.

Kid Fitness Tip #8: Establish a regular routine.
Make sure that children’s fitness is plugged into the family schedule in the same way that school, work, shopping, chores, family gatherings, birthday parties, and playdates find their way onto the calendar.

Kid Fitness Tip #9: Take a non-negotiable position.
Is going to school, brushing teeth, or wearing a seat belt a subject of debate in your home? No, because these are all activities that promote the health, safety, and well-being of your child. Well, the same approach should apply to children’s fitness.

Kid Fitness Tip #10: Instill the idea that exercise is in.
Some kids really respond to the concept of doing something that’s cool. Maybe your child wants to grind on a skateboard like Tony Hawke, deliver a karate kick a la Bruce Lee, learn the latest hip hop routine, or master the moves of capoeira.

Kid Fitness Tip #11: Put your child in charge.
Let each kid take a turn choosing an active weekend pursuit or after school activity. The nature lover may vote for a hike, the adventurer may opt for a trip to the nearest jungle gym or climbing wall. More sedentary souls may select an activity — like walking, biking, or scootering — with a destination in mind, such as a visit to the local library. Whether you wind up at a batting cage, bowling alley, or belly dancing class, they all count as children’s fitness activities and your child can feel a sense of control over the situation. For younger kids, however, you may want to limit how many options they have to choose from.

Kid Fitness Tip #12: Make it fun.
Little children don’t need much encouragement to stretch like a cat, run like a tiger, or jump like a kangaroo. And they’ll have a blast doing it. And don’t forget, grade schoolers still enjoy the opportunity for free play — inside or out — after a day spent at the desk.

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Slender For Life™ strongly supports making exercise a family affair. Childhood obesity can be prevented and reversed. Kids are naturals at self hypnosis. With direction, children can learn to use hypnosis for sports and academic performance as well as for lifestyle changes. Discover what hypnotherapy can do for you and for your family. Show your love and be active with your family.

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