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Updated on Jul 29, 2013

With Your Preteen

Body-conscious preteens—especially those who are discovering cellphones and social networking at a younger age—can be notoriously reluctant when it comes time to exercise. Still, fitness is more important than ever as sedentary kids may pack on a few extra pounds during puberty. Exercising as a family affair may also be difficult at this stage when being “cool” doesn’t involve being seen in public with parents. Try for family activities that emphasize novelty.

  • Indoor rock climbing can burn over 700 calories per hour, giving you and your preteen a full-body workout that just feels like an afternoon’s worth of adventure.
  • Would your preteen rather go to the mall than exercise? Why not rollerblade there, if you live close enough, instead of taking the car? Alternately, if the mercury’s rising so much in your town that being outside is unbearable, cool off with some ice skating at your local ice rink.
  • For a special treat, call around at local stables and hit the trail on horseback. Believe it or not, riding can be a toning workout in itself, especially for your calves, backside and thighs.

With Your Teen

Anyone who has undergone the “trauma” of freshman P.E. might associate exercise with sweaty locker rooms and school gym shorts, but reassure your kids that this doesn’t have to be the case.

  • Zumba, aerobic dance to international music, is a growing trend in young adult fitness. Sign up for a class with your teen and salsa those summer pounds away.
  • Make a run for it: Sign up together for a summer 5K or mile fun run in your area. Training together gives you the opportunity to talk with your child and work toward a common goal.
  • Does your high schooler need a little four-legged encouragement to get fit? A study in this year’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that teen dog owners get more physical activity than non-dog owners, so this summer might be a good time to pick out a puppy.

When it comes to getting your child to exercise, being a fitness role model is important. Kids can smell hypocrisy a mile away. Set goals and get fit as a family this summer to establish habits that will last a lifetime.

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