Teen girls who exercised strenuously at least three times a week had less height loss later than those who never worked out. Even if your child doesn’t play a sport, encourage them to get moving.
Make it a game.
“I’ve noticed that competition generally motivates teens to push harder,” says Paytra Gessler, a certified youth fitness trainer with Energetic Juniors, an in-home personal training company in New York City. Organize relay races or sign up for a fun run.
Let your kid be the DJ.
“Most teens love music, and having them create an energizing playlist can completely change their attitude toward working out,” says Gessler. Plus, just dancing in the house can be a cardio workout.
Offer it as a way to let off steam.
Gessler’s fave exercise for clients is boxing. “I’ve yet to have a teen who didn’t enjoy throwing a few punches with boxing gloves and mitts,” says Gessler. In-line skating, tennis or running might also do the trick.