from the National Women's Health Resource Center's e-newsletter, HealthyWomen Take 10
What's the best predictor of your child's enjoyment of physical activity?
a) cool new sneakers
b) focused skills training
c) your support of the activity
Okay, so you knew it was a loaded question. The answer is (c)-kids are more physically active when their parent encourages and supports that interest.
Such support boosts children's positive attitude toward exercise as well as their interest in organized sports. And when you participate in free-time physical activity with your daughter or son, you increase her or his enjoyment of unstructured fitness fun.
You don't have to excel at any sport to work this magic with your kids. Try these ideas for playing and being active together:
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