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09/17/2012 11 a.m. The short-term and long-term benefits of making exercise a family activity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78 percent of parents with kids ages 9-13 are physically active together once per week.
But by high school, 64 percent of kids are no longer physically active at all, according to the American Council on Exercise.
"As a family, kids can get so many benefits to exercising with their parents" said licensed therapist, Michelle Karl, of The Balanced Mother.
Besides promoting a life-long interest in health and physical activity, exercising together can also lead to stronger family relationships.
Benefits of exercising as a family:
Often kids will share things while you are out for a walk or hike, for instance, that they wouldn't share if you were just sitting and talking, according to Karl.
She recommends letting kids know it's okay for all of you to learn together and mess up together.
September's issue of Colorado Parent magazine has more tips and ideas for getting active with your family
You can even volunteer at an athletic event as a family, like a race, which still promotes the idea of health and fitness - for a cause
Contact Michelle Karl at www.thebalancedmother.com or by calling 720-273-4823.