How to Make Sure Your Teenager is Fit and Healthy

Posted by Claire Coshan on June 05, 2015

There is no denying it. Teenagers are a lot more sedentary these days, and with increasingly intelligent technology and most interaction done through social media, it can be hard to get your teenager motivated about being fit and healthy. It can be done, but it will not happen overnight; it will take dedication and hard work but the rewards will be worth it in the end.

Don’t preach about junk food or ban it entirely from the house. Kids and teenagers will find a way of getting things and preaching about it and denying them bad foods completely could potentially cause them to be sneaky and get it elsewhere.

Teach them that it is okay to splurge once in a while but these foods are treats and not to be enjoyed every day. This means that you will have to adopt the same attitude so if you love chocolate and junk food then you will need to moderate your intake, otherwise they will not listen to you.

Don’t talk about getting fat, even if they are putting on weight, body shaming can have some serious effects on teenagers. Focus instead on becoming active, getting involved in a hobby or a sport. Try to make it organic, don’t force it.

Get active as a family or with your child. Making it part of a family activity will take the focus away from them and make them feel less self conscious and like you are doing it for their benefit. Go for a bike ride together or take long family walks in nice parts of the area you live. Even bowling can help burn calories and although it is not as good as walking or riding, it will still burn some and be fun.

Make meals interesting. Healthy food does not have to mean rabbit food, try making dishes from around the world. Look for healthy cookbooks and recipes. You will have fun learning about new cuisine and the family will certainly enjoy eating the new recipes. There is nothing worse than bland, boring food for someone that likes unhealthy food. You need to make it as interesting as you can if you want someone to stick to a healthy eating plan.

Compliment them when they do something healthy or make a healthy choice, but try not to go overboard. Teenagers are delicate and drawing too much attention to them will be a bad thing. Make sure they know you are proud of them.

Teenagers are complicated creatures but with a careful approach you can make sure they stay fit and healthy.

This article is for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor with specific concerns or changes to your or your child's health.