Recently there was an article in the Journal of Adolescent Health which said that parents may not be an influence over their teens’ level of physical activity. Studies show that physical activity among children is on the decline, so much so that it is becoming a serious health hazard.
Even though we are talking about the teenage years here (and we all know teens are a breed of their own), it is difficult for me to accept the idea that active parents to do not influence their kids’ level of physical activity. I still wholeheartedly believe that it is important to model active behavior and healthy attitudes for our children.
In fact, a 2010 report by Dr. Robert Epstein supports that feeling too. His research of 2,000 parents showed that modeling healthy behavior is one of the 10 most important competencies of what makes a good parent. This includes both eating healthy and being physically active.
So I asked some fellow bloggers – with kids of all ages - what types of activities they enjoy doing most with their children, and what they have done to encourage their children to be physically active. Here is how these women are modeling active lifestyles for their kids:
Do you see yourself in any of their responses? How do you model an active lifestyle for your kids?