10 ways to get kids more active

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10. Sign up for summer sports camps.

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10. Sign up for summer sports camps.

Sports burn lots of calories, are fun, kids do them for long periods of time and they develop their bodies for adulthood.

9. Schedule daily evening family walks.

This will develop a habit they can carry on in the future and it develops family time and cohesiveness

8. Give them active jobs, a paper route, snow-shovelling, grass-cutting, chores.

This gives children a chance to earn spending money and motivation to work. Duration and intensity should vary.

7. Don’t let kids walk all over you, you are the boss.

Don’t drive kids to a school that is two blocks away. Say no to lazing around the house.

6. Do the walk-and-groom program at your local Humane Society.

Kids love animals and this way children get exercise and develop compassion and volunteer skills.

5. Build a backyard obstacle course.

Be creative and develop co-operation with your children. Use anything available (saw horse, hula hoops, tires, ropes, balls, etc.).

4. Set limits on TV time, computer usage, video games and cellphones.

Do not allow televisions or computers in their rooms. Only allow cellphones for emergency use and keep video gaming to no more than a couple of hours per week.

3. Be a positive role model.

Kids will follow the lead of the parent. If you make exercise part of your life, the greater the chance your child will do the same.

2. Plan physically active holidays like camping.

Develop outdoor skills while burning calories. There’s so much to do: hike, rock-climb, bike, kayak and more.

1. Go play with them.

Just spend time with your children and play catch. Also, let the kids pick a physical activity for the family to engage in. This gives them a chance to be involved and lead the family to better health.

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