Parents, are you worried about your child’s inactivity? Well, according to a study published in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, all you may need to do is stop worrying and get active. A study conducted by Kristen Holm, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health reported that when parents increased their daily physical activity, their children did the same.
In the study, 83 families participated, and a pedometer was used to measure physical activity. Parents and their children followed a physical activity program in which they attempted to be more active by walking more steps each day. Researchers found that on the days that the mothers reached a goal of walking 2,000 or more steps, their children’s activity levels also increased. The relationship between the mother’s activity and kids activity levels increased on the weekends.
So the next time your child is sitting around playing video games or watching television, try setting a positive example by announcing that you are going for a walk. Who knows, your child may decide to join you! Wouldn’t that be nice?