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Children's Fitness Must Be Fun

character children education exercise family family life fitness fun goals habits inspiration parenting Aug 03, 2011

My mother used to say that I needed more fun than anyone she'd ever met. Maybe so. I love to have fun and so do your children. Seventy percent of children under twelve who try a team sport will abandon it by the time they are thirteen. There are a lot of reasons why this might be but I'm certain one of them was they just weren't having fun with it.

It is more fun to try new activities when we expect to be successful and to have a sense of accomplishment. Interacting with others also makes the exercise or sport more fun. laughter and a sense of humor helps, too. Children want to learn so when we help them improve a skill that also helps with the fun factor.

Adults are most likely to be active if they were active as children. Take a long term view when introducing your child to a new physical activity knowing that the goal is life time enjoyment of and participation in physical fitness activities and not just quick mastery while they are young. Guard against exercise dropout by making exercise fun and you'll be making a great investment in your child's future health and happiness.

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About the Author

Pamela Davenport

MSW, CPT, PES, CES, FNS, YES, SFS ACE

For decades I have helped countless parents and their children overcome significant obstacles. My unique accomplishments in the fields of child development, health, and fitness have given me an unparalleled perspective and expertise that I would love to share with you.

  • Award-Winning Author and Parenting Coach
  • Mother of six and grandmother of five
  • Studied Juvenile Justice at Stanford University
  • Master’s degree in Social Work
  • Experienced family counselor
  • Support group leader for struggling parents
  • Taught health at the university level
  • Program manager for the personal training programs at two colleges
  • Personal Trainer helping people lose 5lb-100lb+
  • Two-time Ironman Triathlete and competing member of team USA
  •  UMB Lifetime Sportswoman Award 2017