It is a seemingly endless battle that I have to continually wage with my two children. And it's a battle I'm not winning.
Like most parents, I just want what's best for my little ones, Shannon (will be 12 next month) and Grant (9). And from what we've all been told for decades, kids need a good dose of physical activity every day for them to stay healthy.
Children should be getting a minimum of 60 minutes of aerobic exercise a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. I'm afraid that Shannon and Grant aren't meeting that requirement. In fact, I think they're both falling way short.
I know both of them run around at recess at school and participate in PE classes a few times a week. They also take swimming and tennis lessons once a week. But I don't think that is even close to being enough.