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Run with Me: Get Your Kids Up, Out, and on the Path to Fitness

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Injury-Proof Your Kids

Keep your family fitness routine safe and fun with these tips:

  • Encourage them to run on a soft surface. A dirt path or trail or a grassy playing field reduces children's risk of impact injuries like shin splints, heel pain, and stress fractures.
  • Watch the weather. Kids heat up more quickly than adults, so don't let them jog when it's superhot outside. Make sure they drink water every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Set limits. Some children think a little pain is normal and try to keep running. Ask them often, "How are you feeling?" and adjust your pace -- or stop.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2009.


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msminichino wrote:

This is a great article! I recently signed up for my first 5k and my 10 year old daughter wanted to sign up too. I didn't know how much or how far was safe for her younger body. Thanks to this article, I now have a better understanding of what is ok for her. Hopefully this spring we will both be completing our first 5k race together!

3/28/2011 02:03:57 PM Report Abuse

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