Plant ideas. You don't think they're listening when they're tweens, but they're always listening.
(PRWEB) January 17, 2012
Larysa DiDio, fitness expert and co-author of the recently released book, “Sneaky Fitness: Fun, Foolproof Ways To Slip Fitness Into Your Child’s Everyday Life,” shares top tips with fitsmiForMoms.com Radio on how to help kids get off the couch and moving in the New Year.
As the fitness editor of Parenting Magazine and an ambassador for Best Bones Forever, a government campaign to encourage girls to get and stay healthy, Larysa is committed to helping children who are at risk for adult onset maladies such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as emotional issues.
Ms. DiDio explained to radio host and CEO of fitsmiForMoms.com, Linda Frankenbach, “So the physical issue and the physical problems that go along with being overweight are bad enough, but the most immediate consequence of a child being overweight, as told by the children themselves, is social discrimination.”
On the role of the parent, the author explains, “I find it’s the catalyst that allows and brings about change in the home, where change really needs to occur.” Although the celebrity fitness trainer is a fan of gym time and traditional exercise, she is also a strong proponent of parents getting creative and taking advantage of play to help kids get fit. Her new book suggests games, including, “Your American Idol” or placing exercise balls, bosu balls, or mini-trampolines in different rooms so if kids are watching television, they can bounce around and get exercise at the same time.
Ms. DiDio also shared some advice for parents on how to approach their kids about exercise opportunities without getting resistance, “Plant ideas. You don’t think they’re listening when they’re tweens, but they’re always listening. Another way to do it is enlist their friends.”
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