The best way to get your kid to be more active is to "walk the talk" of physical fitness yourself. It goes without saying that you'll want to find an activity that you and your child will enjoy doing together. Here are a few guidelines for the kinds of activities to look for:
Choose an activity that you and the kids will enjoy.
Swimming, cross-country skiing, walking, biking and inline skating are physical activities that appeal to both younger and older crowds. It's important to find an activity that every member of the family can enjoy, regardless of age, fitness level or ability. Otherwise, a family member or two probably won't want to participate!
Choose an activity that's convenient. The easier it is for everyone to exercise, the more likely they are to make the effort. Purchasing a family membership at the swimming pool down the street and purchasing one at the pool across town are two very different things. Be honest with yourself: Are you going to want to drag everyone into the van and make the journey to the across-town pool? Nuh-uh.
Choose an activity that's wallet-friendly. There are already plenty of strains on your paycheck. Why put even more pressure on your wallet when there are so many inexpensive—and free!—ways to stay fit? You should be prepared to invest some amount of money in your family's fitness, but don't assume that you have to spend a fortune to get your kids to exercise!report abuse