Obesity in children is becoming more and more prevalent.  The number of obese children under the age of 11 has increased from 4 percent to 16 percent since 1974.  The largest cause of obesity is the lack of exercise in children.  As children get older, health problems are associated with those who are inactive. 

Parents can help children avoid obesity and the psychological risks from being overweight.  Set your children up on a regular exercise program–and make it fun!

Great activities for children are swimming, rock climbing, hiking, running, boxing, and canoeing.  These can all be made fun–Children may not even realize that they are exercising!  Instead of “running”, children can simply play a game of tag, catch, or play soccer.  Just get your kids’ hearts beating and get them to sweat a little bit.

Obese children are also proven to be more depressed than children who are in shape.  Cardiovascular activities can heighten children’s’ moods.  Many things contribute to your child’s life: exercise, a great diet, healthy relationships, staying active, and LAUGHING.

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As we all know, New Years resolutions are extremely hard to maintain.  Here are some tips to help you stick to your fitness plan!

1 . Drink PLENTY of water.

2. When eating out, as for a to-go container FIRST.  Pack half of your plate in the container before you start eating.

3. Limit your intake of butter and mayonnaise.

4. Limit fried foods.  Eat them once a week MAX, or preferably not at all.

5. Use stevia in your coffee or tea rather than sugar.

6. Instead of ground beef, replace your meals with ground turkey or meatless products.

7. Eat a variety of foods so you do not get bored.

8.  Eat fresh veggies, preferably raw, with sandwiches instead of chips.  

9. Measure portions so you can get an idea of what a cup, half a cup, and a tablespoon look like.  You will be able to practice portion control by doing this.  Portion control is an essential key to weight loss.

10. Limit sodas to once a week maximum.  Diet soda is still unhealthy.  They contain chemicals that deplete the nutrients in your body.

11. Get salad dressing on the side rather than on the salad itself.

12.  Take a multi-vitamin daily.

13.  If you don’t LOVE it, don’t eat it.

If you need any advice you can always ask any Pro Fitness Network trainers.

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