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  • But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school, during recess, at dance class or soccer practice, while riding bikes, or when playing tag.

    Kids exercise all the time without even thinking of it. Just being active, like when you run around outside or play kickball at school, is a kind of exercise. What else counts as exercise? Playing sports, dancing, doing push-ups, and even reaching down to touch your toes.

  • Steve Ettinger: I was working as a behavior therapist in elementary and pre-schools and saw firsthand how inactive kids have become. At the same time, there weren't any books that I liked that addressed the topic of exercise for kids. Since my background is in fitness and psychology, I decided to combine my two interests to write Wallie Exercises. My intention was to create something that could teach kids about exercise without hitting them over the head with the information.

    Since you are conscientious about ensuring your kids receive exercise, what are you doing to model an active lifestyle? Little things like parking farther away from a destination in order to walk; taking the stairs instead of an elevator/escalator, and walking or riding bikes to visit friends/have play dates are all visible examples to your children of the importance you place on staying active.

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  • You do not need a personal trainer for your kids since it is not rocket science. In fact it is tougher for a trainer than you to make your kid exercise since kids tend to want entertainment in whatever they do. Exercising with trainers might bring results but it sure would not be seen as something that is fun to do. It is only you who understands your child and with some of the handy tips that I am going to talk about you can make sure that your kids are having fun while simultaneously exercising their body.

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"Try hula-hooping with your kids for exercise after school," says Andrea Metcalf, author of Naked Fitness. "That's the time that energy is lowest for everyone due to the circadian rhythms of light/night hormones. Hula-hooping is fun and easy if you have a hoop the right size," says Metcalf, who recommends getting a smaller-sized hula-hoop for the kids and one that weighs about one pound for yourself so you can sneak in some extra exercise, too.