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Simple Ideas to Encourage Your Children to Exercise

Sep 30, 2014 02:31PM ● By Lisa Drake
To encourage your child to start moving try playing Wii Fit and Xbox Fitness with them. You’ll have fun as a family while everyone benefits from exercise. Zamzee and Exergame are also excellent programs that keep kids moving — in a fun way. 
Mobil exercise apps are helpful and can help kids set goals for themselves and keep them engaged in fitness activities. Examples include Argus, Cody, Endomondo, Everest, FitStar, Fitbit®, Fitocracy®, GAIN, Human, Lose It!, Moves, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, Runtastic, Sportaneous, Strava, StrongLifts 5x5, Sworkit, and Teemo. 
“Without help to control their weight, overweight children are prime targets for a variety of health-related problems, including type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, osteoarthritis, asthma, and sleeping disorders, to name a few,” says Nancy Georgekutty, MD, an independently practicing family medicine physician on the medical staff at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center - Mansfield, Texas. “Besides the health issues, overweight children may be teased about their appearance by other children and stereotyped as sluggish or insignificant, which can affect them emotionally.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. These children are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70 percent of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
“Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes,” Dr. Georgekutty explains.
Children who are overweight are often unhealthy and overweight as adults. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases. 
Begin today! Keep your mobile phone or computer on and lift weights with a virtual trainer, or stream a spinning class. With so many choices at your fingertips, it is easier than ever to be fit and healthy.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.

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