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8 Ways to Get Your Kids Fit

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Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg shares her tips for making exercise and fitness fun for kids.

Fit Kids = Fit Adults

Sometimes it seems that today's children are far more motivated to give their fingers a workout playing video games or using the remote control than they are to move bigger muscles in their bodies. In fact, research shows that 50 percent of 12- to 20-year-olds are not getting the exercise they need. And 34 percent of those kids would fail an eight-minute treadmill test.

"Children watch an average of 3 to 5 hours of television a day", according to Jennifer Trachtenberg, MD, author of Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children (Harper Collins, 2007). "That really doesn't leave much time to shape up their bodies and their brains."

According to Dr. Trachtenberg, children who enjoy doing physical activity are more likely to exercise as adults. "It's much easier to keep a good habit than it is to break a bad habit," she says.

So the question is, how do you get the good exercising habits started? Here, Dr. Trachtenberg shares her tips for making exercise entertaining for even the most confirmed couch potato kid.

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upludoo wrote:

Lack of daily activity and food has brought our kids to the level where they have dificulties working out in kindergarten or just outside. The technology is their preocupation and it is our/parents fault. Kids should exercise at least an hour a day. To keep them active we developed Yuvi - Story Aerobics for Kids. The program is suitable for kids age 2-6. They help Yuvi to rescue all the toys by copying (exercising) him. You can find out more about the programm on

9/25/2013 05:13:51 PM Report Abuse
ecjames wrote:

Fit kids definitely = fit adults! My mom had us all play sports - or cheerleading ;) growing up. Now we are making her run a 10K with us in memory of our dad. Check out our blog as we train.

3/25/2012 07:13:54 PM Report Abuse

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