Healthier weight, greater self-confidence, higher grades, better blood pressure, a quicker brain -- the perks of exercise are as vital for kids as for adults. Too bad so many 8- to 18-year-olds aren't getting those benefits. Instead, tweens and early teens average nearly 9 hours a day staring at screens, mainly TV or video games. But before you pull the plug, here's what researchers have found to be the best and worst ways to get kids moving . . . and loving it.
The 4 Best
1. Get that puppy. Kids with dogs watch less TV and are more physically active than those whose families don't include a canine.
2. Act like they're the next LeBron James or Mia Hamm. Parents who believe their offspring have athletic ability are more likely to have kids who are physically active. And that belief-to-reality transition starts early: The researchers who found this connection were looking at preschoolers at home, not high school soccer jocks.
3. Be a role model. According to oneRead More »from 4 Best -- and 3 Worst -- Ways to Get Kids Fit