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Amy Colgan-Niemeyer, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answeredTo get your teenager to go for walks, make it fun. Choose a variety of routes and locations for these walks and involve your teen in the decision. Give your teen the responsibility of walking the dog, if you have one. Encourage your teen to walk to school, if it's feasible and safe, or walk to work if he has a job. You could also make a game out of it. Try a treasure hunt. Or give your teen a list of items to find along a designated route. If she finds them all, she gets a reward of some kind. Perhaps start walking on family vacations as well. Visit national parks where there are many walking trails, walk to caves-- include any activity or destination or points of interest your teen might like--as long as it involves walking.
Mark Levine , Fitness, answered
This is a tricky question because if you push to hard they will tend to rebel. As a parent of two teenage boys (one now 20 years old), I always motivated my kids by example. They would see me go on a bike ride or come home from exercise and hopefully get the idea that exercise is good. I had recently lost 17 pounds and they understood that because of my exercise program and nutrition, I was able to lose the weight.
Very rarely will teenagers follow their parents demands. For instance, if you told your teenager, to go for a 15 minute walk, chances are they wouldn't and even end up in an argument with you. Having said that, I would recommend that you have a weekly family walk. You would need to have a destination, such as Best Buy or Starbucks, as kids aren't crazy about walking for walkings sake. Just keep up a healthy lifestyle, and your child or children will pick up on this and end up having the same values towards health and exercise as you do.
Does your teenager enjoy sports? If so, bring something that can be thrown back and forth. You may have your son or daughter run around to catch the ball. Be sure you are in a safe area but this will be a great way for both of you to get great exercise and your teen will truly be pooped at the end of the walk.
Teenager not into sports? Bring them on a nature walk or play some sort of guessing game. A great game to play is “I Spy.” This game requires you choose an object, might be a car, bird plane, or any object. Next clues must be asked to guess the object, clues such as color, size, shape, etc. The harder the object to guess and the longer into your walk you will be!
Most of all have fun; simply talk with your teen about anything.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.