Get your teens off the couch and on their feet with these tips!
A sedentary life has many hazards, from heart disease to the loss of autonomy as you age. The best time to form healthy habits is in your adolescence. If your teens are always reclined on the couch, watching TV, playing video games, or surfing the web, it's time to make some changes. Teach them early that you can still have a sedentary lifestyle despite regular exercise. Humans were made to be on their feet for most of the day. These five methods of motivation can help your teens embrace a more active daily routine.
- Encourage your teen to join a sports team. It's easy to stay moving when you find an activity you love doing! Support these hobbies and interests in your teens whenever they appear.
- Get your teen involved in the household chores. Cleaning can rarely be done while sitting down. Make sure everyone has a job to do each day, whether it's washing dishes, vacuuming, or walking the dog.
- Plan high-energy family activities. Spend weekends at the park, the beach, or on a hiking trail.
- Set up a reward system. Have a conversation with your teen about how much time you'd like to see them standing, walking, or otherwise physically engaged. Set goals and determine some positive reinforcements to provide motivation.
- Be a good example. Your teen isn't going to take you seriously if you are a couch potato yourself. Model the lifestyle you want your family to follow.
If the health and safety of teens is an important issue for you, check out the work being done by the LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. You can learn more about our goals and vision at our website.