Do you make your kids exercise?

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Do you make your kids exercise?
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Tue, 04-20-2004 - 1:18pm
My 10 year old DS loves sports and is good at them. He's not overweight but is pudgy in his stomach and around his waste. He does just play alot outside, which I encourage. However, my dh and I think that his extra weight is keeping him from being even better at his sports (like he wants to be). He is a bigger kid, always has been (95+ percentile), and has one of those barrel chests. He loves football, basketball the best and is playing baseball this summer.

I don't have him on a diet, but do watch his caloric intake and diet. DH thinks that we should have him do some basic exercises to help him with his strength. Situps, pushups, a little weight training and riding his bike alot. Nothing strenuous, but on a regular basis. I think it would be good for him because he would feel better about his body (the extra weight bothers him some, he has mentioned it).

I was thinking about talking to him about doing these things on a daily basis, not alot, maybe 15 minutes a day. Make it into a positive thing, even have his brother do it to. We, as a family, are going to exercise more. The only problem is that if he starts complaining about it, I don't want it to be just another thing I'm making him do and start getting annoyed with each other.

So, do you encourage just regular calisthenics?

conmama

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Tue, 04-20-2004 - 10:22pm

DD is into a lot of physical stuff--be it sports, dance, etc...she is very active so this has never been an issue with us.


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Wed, 04-21-2004 - 12:36pm

Sean has the same issues - a little bit of pudge and softness that he doesn't like.

Sherrie Rainbow

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Wed, 04-21-2004 - 1:23pm
If he is already exercising in sports and play and you watch what he eats I would not worry too much about "pudginess". Putting him on an exercise program at this age could hurt his self esteem. When he goes through puberty he will lose alot of the pudginess he has. Someone made a comment to my friends grandson about being pudgy and it really messed him up - he stopped eating and no one knew why finally he told his grandma and the person who made the comment apoligized and really did not mean anything mean by it - but the boy is still hung up on it and he is 9. Puberty really changes a person - I would wait until after that hits then if there is still a weight issue talk about exercise and diet.
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Wed, 04-21-2004 - 8:19pm

This topic is on my mind a lot. Sam and Rachel have both gotten chubby over the last 2 years. Rachel is a very active kid; Sam is very sedentary. I do try to keep our house bad-snack free, and they don't go overboard on junk food. Unfortunately, I went through the same thing at their age, and slimmed down during puberty, so I empathize, and feel responsible!


We bought an eliptical machine recently. My dh had been wanting one (I walk for exercise). We set an example by exercising ourselves. We do kick Sam out of the house to play

Janet


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Thu, 04-22-2004 - 9:13am
Well, I appreciate and agree with everyone's comments. However, the wheels have been set in motion. I told both the kids the other night that I think it's a good idea if they do some situps and pushups for health and strength, especially since they are so good at sports. It will only make it better. I didn't mention weight and tried to keep it positive. My 7 year old was positive about it and my 10 year old didn't say anything. I know he'd rather not.

Anyway, I went out with the girls last night and dh started with them. 15 situps, 10 pushups, 15 situps, 10 pushups. That's it. He said the 7 year old did them great, but the 10 year old could hardly do a pushup. His arms are just not strong enough for this weight, but he was trying to do them the easy way.

So dh told him he'd rather his do 2 the right way, the 10 the wrong way. He showed him how and ds finally did it. DH said he thinks they need just this everyday for 3 weeks for now.

I guess I agree with all of you about not making this an issue, on the other hand I do feel responsible in helping him begin a life of good exercise and health. I guess 10 minutes a day won't kill him. But, I don't want this to be a struggle either. We'll see. I'm hoping that he will see physical benefits from it and want to do it.

conmama

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Fri, 04-23-2004 - 6:04pm
Chiming in late...

DS11.5 has some 'love handles' in the last 6 months, and he HATES them. However, he's now 5'2" and his dad is 6'3.5", so I KNOW he's going to spurt in the next couple of years, at least a foot. Since the rest of him is slim, I'm not too concerned.

I asked parents in Boy Scouts of their older sons (those that are 15+); they said around 10-12, their boys got that chunk in the middle too, and now have lost it, now that they're 5'10"+.

Since our middle school has daily PE and DS is in baseball and scouts (lots of physical stuff), I figure it's where he's storing what he'll need when he spurts. HE's more the one worried about his physique, so he's very health-conscious on what he eats. It doesn't seem to make a difference, which strengthens the thought that it's his 'spurt stash'.

Sue

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Mon, 04-26-2004 - 12:22pm

I would be too afraid to start an exercise routine with my daughter...I hated calisthenics as a kid. (Anybody remember the PE record "Go you chicken fat go"?)


I was a skinny kid...SO skinny the kids teased me.

Kim

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Mon, 04-26-2004 - 1:38pm
OT - just had to say hi, as a fellow ex-Chicagoan! I remember Bob Bell/Bozo, and know that Ray Raynor passed recently, which made me very sad! (Not sure your age, but what you wrote about sounded so familiar!) And I remember Jays a whole lot more than Lays...at least for a long time!

Sue, from Beverly, who also walked both ways, and there were VERY few 'snow days'! (And I won't tell you what my girlfriend and I used to call her mom, poking fun of having to be home when the street lights came on!)

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Mon, 04-26-2004 - 9:51pm

Ray Raynor died???

Kim

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Tue, 04-27-2004 - 10:55am
I'm 45...yes, Ray died. Brought back so many memories when I heard (Clutch Cargo, Diver Dan, horrible art projects, what's-his-name, Coco and Joe, Suzy Snowflake). And I found out they tormented Chelveston in his cage and then let him out right when Ray was to be with him, so that's why he was always chasing Ray! Poor duck!

Yes, we had lunch at home; were off from 12-1, so I ran home, watched a bit, and was on my way back at about 12:40, being about 3 blocks from home (no cafeteria in school; still isn't - those a mile or more away had to brown bag. Now they all brown bag (my girlfriend has her kids there)). Do any kids go home for lunch any more?! Those were the days...

Sue in St. Louis

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