We all know the benefits of being active – healthy muscles and bones, decreased risk for diabetes and heart disease, and improved sleep. But what if your kids aren’t as excited about those benefits or moving their bodies as you might be?

If this sounds like your household, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 3 out of 4 children don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of active time each day. Not only that but staying active tends to decrease as kids get older. So what stops kids from being active? Some of the reasons could include:

While it may seem like these obstacles to a dwindling activity level are inevitable, you and your child can take steps to stay consistently active. Let’s take a look at some top tips for motivating kids to move their bodies at an age:  

No matter what, remember that being active doesn’t have to be complicated. The most important thing is to get your child moving and feeling good while being safe!

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