Motivating the Resistant Child

We’ve all heard those countless excuses, "I’m tired. I can’t do this. I’m scared they are going to laugh at me." Do these excuses sound familiar?

Many kids young and old are amazing at finding excuses to get out of participating in any sort physical fitness. Even we adults do it. But who are we really hurting by doing this? The answer is we and our kids.

2015 has begun and this is the year you vow to change your family’s unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise. Ummm...  you actually have to follow through on it. Parents, you have to send your kids the right message: follow through with what you set out to do. Right about now you’re probably asking yourself "how?" I’m here to hopefully shed some light on how to motivate both yourself and your resistant child. It won’t be easy... but it will be worth it.

1. Do this as a family. Don’t single out the one child that may be overweight; it won’t work. You need to take this "new you" challenge on as a family.

2. Communicate with one another. Sit together as a family and discuss what interest you all have and find something that works for all of you.

3. NO EXCUSES. Schedule a set day(s) every week where this physical activity will take place. Don’t break it if you don’t have to. Making it part of your routine will cut half the battles and excuses.

4. When it comes to meal time, it’s one meal for everyone. This as a parent is where you need to be firm. Cook one healthy meal that the entire family will eat.

5. Make it fun; exercise shouldn’t be a chore. Think outside the box; be unique.

6. Encourage don’t discourage. This is huge. Four little words that go so far are "I’m proud of you." Whatever steps they take, whatever new activity they try, praise, praise, and praise them. That saying "you catch more flies with honey" could never be more true.

Parents and families, I challenge you to get off that sofa, out of that kitchen and get moving.


About the Author: Sue Forberg is the Director at H2T Elite Dryland Training Inc. H2T is a multi-faceted state of the art dryland facility specializing in children the ages 5-16. A gym for kids you say... absolutely. Their primary goal is to enhance the quality of life for young people through exercise and proper nutrition. H2T has created a fun age appropriate dryland program that gives every child what he/she needs from a developmental standpoint. Find out more at

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