Adulthood is only moments away! Cement your teen’s healthy eating and exercise habits now so they can enjoy a lifelong, healthy relationship with good food and exercise.
1. Be a role model
If you’re going to talk the talk, then you should walk the walk. The more you expose your child to healthy behaviours and a positive attitude, the easier it will be for them to get on board and the harder it will be for them to argue against it!
2. Make it a group effort
Don’t single out your teen’s behaviour in a negative manner – this is only more likely to make them feel victimised or cause resentment. As a family, strive to make healthier changes in your day-to-day activities; come up with a healthy recipe calendar and take turns cooking, enjoy being active as a group and let them have a say in deciding on the choice of activities.
3. Talk about it
Convincing your teen to make healthier life choices can be a sensitive topic, and may make your child feel personally attacked about their appearance. Talking about your teen’s current health condition with their doctor can confirm whether their eating and exercise habits pose a risk to their health.
Along with talking to a health professional, be open and talk with your teen about how they feel about themselves. If you are incorporating healthier eating and exercise habits into their daily routine, add them to your daily routine too. Being a supportive parent will be a much more effective tactic than simply telling your teen when to exercise and what to eat.
4. Give options
From group sports to gym, boot camps and home workouts, there is no one way to get active. Instead of enrolling your teen into a sport they’re not be interested in, give them the option of variety. In a similar vein, instead of trying to force your teen to eat food they may not like, offer a selection of alternatives. As a parent, you should try to give your teen control of how they decide to be physically active and make better food choices.
5. Get them out of the house
Finally, limit the screen time and get your teen out of the house to get active each day. This could be a simple walk, a run around the neighbourhood or bicycle ride. If a teen is into a team sport or needs transportation to get to and from a particular activity, ensure you have the appropriate measures in place to ensure they are able to maintain a regular routine with it.
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