Times have changed since you were a teenager; you’ve probably recognized some differences. Teens face so many things you may never have had to deal with. Rather than spending hours outside like you probably did, many teens are sitting in front of the television, computer, or sitting down texting. You want to know how to keep your teenager in shape, right? Well, these ideas may help you.
No matter how much they complain, it’s important to keep your teenager active. One way to encourage this is to limit the amount of time they can spend in front of a monitor of any kind. Move their computer and television to an open spot so you can begin to control the amount of time they spend there. If they want their privacy, that’s fine. Simply arrange the area so you can’t easily see the monitor as you’re passing by.
If you can’t get them to give up their electronics, try putting a timer on them. If you have several computers in your home, they’re probably networked. Find software which will allow you access to turn their computer off after a specific amount of time in use. They may not like the idea very much, but their health could depend your doing just that.
Be an exercise role model. If you spend your time in front of the computer or the television, they’re not likely to believe that keeping active is important. There’s an old saying “do as I say, not as I do.” However, in this case you might to follow another old adage, “practice what you preach.”
Make exercising fun. Find activities you can do together. You don’t have to exercise anywhere where their friends might be, especially if they’d be embarrassed to be seen with you. The point is to find something you can do which will get both of you moving. Boxing, swimming, ballet, skiing, or any activity will work as long as you’re doing it together and having fun in the process. An added benefit of exercising together is it will give you time to talk and reconnect.
Being healthy is more than exercising. They also need to get nearly ten hours of sleep each night. Most teens, on the other hand, have a tendency to push themselves and burn the candle at both ends. Encourage them to get to bed at a decent hour each night so they’ll be able to get the rest and sleep they need.
Good nutrition also plays a large part in keeping your teenager in shape. Limit the amount of junk food available in the house. Instead, offer them fresh fruits and vegetables. They can also have fruit and vegetable smoothies, popcorn, and nuts. These are all great snack foods to keep handy for those growing teens to have access to each day.
Help them learn to cook healthy meals. To do this, you might want to sign them up for a cooking course if you can find one. You can also try cooking together as a family. Give everyone one dish to create for the meal. You may be surprised at what healthy foods you come up with and how much fun you have.
These are a few ideas when you’re trying to decide how to keep your teenager in shape. Remember to encourage them rather than preach at them. Show them how important your health is to you and they’ll be more likely to act on your suggestion that they get more active and take care of themselves.