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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.

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