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Myth 8: If You Have Home Exercise Equipment, It Will Get Used

Pediatric Fitness

Myth 8: If You Have Home Exercise Equipment, It Will Get Used

Exercise with your children and make it a family occasion.There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: If you have home exercise equipment, it will get used.

Truth: Home exercise equipment can make exercising more convenient, but the most important part of an exercise routine is the commitment.

Home exercise equipment may seem like a good idea, but keeping it at home does not guarantee it will be used. Home exercise equipment can make exercising more convenient, but the most important part of an exercise routine is the commitment.

Make exercise a habit that is fun, challenging and something you can do regularly.

Try This Instead

  • Use music to help set the rhythm of your workout. Media can help those minutes fly by.
  • Invite a friend to exercise with you. The buddy system can make exercise more fun and consistent.
  • Start small with physical activities. If you are not ready to exercise, begin by taking the stairs or parking far away from the door at the store, or increase the intensity of your chores at home.

Parental Advice

Exercise equipment may not be appropriate for kids. Invite your kids to active play, or try kid-friendly equipment such as jump ropes, Frisbees or sports balls. When kids are using exercise equipment, make sure it's set up properly and safely. Exercise with your children and make it a family occasion.