Staying Fit Together

Whether we’re a parent, teacher, community leader, or neighbor, almost all of us have kids and teens we regularly interact with.

What kind of physical activities do they enjoy doing? What could you enjoy doing together with them? What might help meet their Physical Needs for movement and physical activity?

If the answer that comes to mind is sports, that’s awesome! Sports are simple to do, and are great for a child’s health. If a kid isn’t into sports (or if you aren’t interested/able to do that kind of thing), there are plenty of other options to apply a needs-based approach.

Do your kids love scavenger hunts or taking photographs of things in nature? Do they enjoy acting out skits and scenes, or coming up and leading the class at the whiteboard? Do they always seem to want to walk around the lamp section when you visit Home Depot, or do they prefer smelling the flowers over in the gardening area? What do you see your kids doing that you happen to enjoy too?

This week, take some time to observe the kids in your life and notice what they seem excited to get up and do. Offer to join! Or, just let them know you want to spend some time with them, and let them pick the activity—so long as you can both get up and be moving together.

Help a depressed teen get Up and Moving—without nagging!

Most of us adults already know exercise can help youth when they’re feeling stressed, unhappy, or tired. But, when we tell them to get up and move, they ignore us or get upset!

When youth ignore our advice and don’t do the one thing we know would help them most, it’s easy to think that they’re just being “stubborn” or that they just don’t know how to take care of themselves. Often, our response is to tell them to get up, go outside, or take a break because we adults “know what’s best.”

The truth is, there are many reasons why a child might not want to get up and be active. Resorting to telling them what to do can miss an opportunity to meet their needs for Connection and Confidence.

So how can we meet our kids’ Physical Needs, and encourage them to get up and move, without stepping on their toes or causing offense? Discover 3 specific steps you can take (and phrases to say) to answer this question, by taking 5 minutes to read our latest EveryDay Strong article, “Help a depressed teen get Up and Moving, without nagging!”

Find it on our blog.

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