Barriers to an active lifestyle are very real, and I see them in my practice every day. They include:
- Lack of energy, possibly due to poor sleep, poor nutrition, or medical ailment. If your child seems low on energy, a trip to the pediatrician may be in order to ensure that your child is healthy physically. A more well-balanced diet may boost energy level in a healthy child.
- Lack of motivation, which can be caused by poor role-modeling, peer pressure, lack of options, or burnout. If you find that a lack of motivation and time constraints is your doing, it’s definitely time to reevaluate your lifestyle. Ask a trusted friend to help you figure out what obligations you might have that don’t add value to your family’s life. Don’t be shy; it’s possible they are thinking the same thing you are! You can join heads and find ways to carve out time for more family activity.
- Time constraints, due to an overcrowded schedule or a poorly planned one.
- Social factors, such as poor self-esteem, lack of confidence in athletic abilities, shyness.
- Environmental barriers, such as extreme weather conditions, limited parks or yards, and unsafe neighborhoods.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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