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Stepping up Family Fitness

The family that plays together not only stays together, but also stays healthy, says Marc Sickel, founder of Fitness for Health, a pediatric therapeutic exercise center in Rockville, Md.

"Families need to work—and play—together to enhance physical fitness while building stronger relationships. With an integrated, team-building approach, parents, grandparents and children can create fun, recreational games that also increase self-esteem. This helps to create families who are strong in body—and mind," he says.

Many children with low levels of interest in physical activity are often found to have decreased self-confidence, he says. The American Heart Association has shown that physically active children show improvements in a wide variety of measures of psychological well-being—including self-esteem.

As a solid base of skills is built, the child who once avoided risk now has the comfort level and confidence to try new activities—and to take on new challenges. With this paradigm shift, the child will more likely enjoy the camaraderie of team play and continue to progress physically and socially.

The key to full participation is creativity and positive reinforcement, as well as scheduling a regular time during the week as "family playtime."

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