Exercise Excuses — Busted!
Find the motivation to work out with these excuse-proof tips for the whole family. Plus, get healthy eating tips, exercise ideas, and more ways to shape up with Parenting’s Fit Generation 2012!
The excuse: My kid just isn't very physical—she prefers doing more sedentary stuff, like watching TV, coloring, or playing Legos.
The fix: “Often I find that the issue really is that the child just isn't inspired,” says DiDio. “You have to find something she likes to do.” If she's into art, give her some sidewalk chalk or roll out a big sheet of paper and let her finger-paint. “For a little kid, that's a workout,” adds DiDio. She also recommends active games: Check out Elefun ($17) and The Cat in the Hat—“I Can Do That!” ($20; both on amazon.com). They're fun and focused on physical activity.