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