Recent studies have shown that teenage obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Most of these studies show that not only do body structure, DNA, diets of fast foods and overeating contribute to the weight problem, but the lack of physical activity, by today’s adolescents, is a primary cause. Another fact revealed in these studies is that most young people still in their teens get less than 30 minutes of exercise in a 24 hour period.
If you as a parent aren’t exercising, you are contributing to your child’s bad exercise habits and obesity. A good way to help yourself and your offspring, to get healthy, is to find an exercise program you can both do.
Fun for Both
As a matter of fact it doesn’t have to be a boring repetitive type of exercise, but it can be one loaded with fun. However, there is one thing you should do before starting any exercise program.
If both you and your teenager are overweight, it would pay for you to check with your doctor and your child’s pediatrician. This physical checkup will rule out any underlying health problems which could be the cause of the weight gain. It will also determine if you’re both healthy enough to engage in an exercise program to lose weight.
Easy weight loss for teens and you doesn’t have to be complicated. Believe it or not you and your, son or daughter, can start off with a walking program. To help make it bearable for the usual, adolescent attitude, allow them to take along their I-pod or other music player. However, it’s also a great time for you guys to have a good talk.
You can actually ease into this over a period of days by talking about things that they are interested in. Don’t use it as a time to preach at them, because if you do, not only will they block you out, you will kill whatever interest they have started to build in exercise.
Bicycle to Fitness
Another fun exercise that the whole family can participate in is riding bicycles. If you will recall you had a ball riding a bicycle and so did your child. This one exercise will be one of the easiest to make a habit for both you and your offspring. It doesn’t take long before it becomes a great habit for both of you.
One of the real benefits from bike riding is the way it will help shed those extra pounds. But the way it will help rebuild the overall shape of your bodies will blow you away. Both you and your teenager will notice you have shapely legs and a firmer butt. In addition it will help keep your hear rates up, which will benefit your entire body with extra oxygen.
Another fun exercise you both can participate in is swimming for fitness. Obviously not everyone has a private pool, but many health clubs, gyms, and other public places do.
You need to face the fact, as a parent, it is your overall responsibility to ensure your child’s welfare and over health. By encouraging an exercise program now, while they are still young, will benefit them for the rest of their life.
Easy weight loss for teens, doesn’t have to be hard, nor does it have to be boring. It just has to be done.