Kids/Teens Health

How to Get Kids/Teens to Exercise; a Sample Workout

How to Get Kids/Teens to Exercise; a Sample Workout

Start with 5 minutes of running or combo of 1 minute walk, 1 minute run.

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How to Get Kids to Exercise: My Daughters Perspective

How to Get Kids to Exercise: My Daughters Perspective

Dance is my way of exercising!

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Is Canned Tuna Safe for You and Your Kids?

Is Canned Tuna Safe for You and Your Kids?

What to do at the supermarket…

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5 Ways to Help Our Kids Be Healthy- Video & Article

5 Ways to Help Our Kids Be Healthy- Video & Article

I recently submitted this video and article to a group called Workingmother.com, and thought you might find them helpful. Video- 5 Ways to Help Kids Be Healthy Article: 5 Ways to Help Our Children be Healthy By Peter K, MS, PT I remember when my daughter was 3 and played soccer on a team for the [...]

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Video: Is Resistance Training Safe For Kids?

Video: Is Resistance Training Safe For Kids?

We want to make sure our children train their bodies the right way, while decreasing the risk of injury and avoiding improper training.  Watch as Peter shares some smart and safe training strategies for kids on 5 Minutes to Fitness+ TV.

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Video- 5 Ways to Help Our Kids & Family Be Healthy

Video- 5 Ways to Help Our Kids & Family Be Healthy

Watch to learn 5 ways to help our kids be healthy

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Happy Father’s Day: Adjust your rearview mirror

alexander in rearview

I drive my son Alexander to school several times per week. Most of the time we have great fun talking or he asks me to “zoom” the car or play our favorite song, “You’ve got a friend in me” from the movie Toy Story.  It’s our special time. But sometimes I realize we drive all the way to school and I missed the time with him because I was consumed by thoughts about work, money, projects and who knows what else.

One morning I took a picture of him in the backseat because he was so excited from our ride and to go to school and I wanted to remember the moment.  I told my friend about it and he said, sometimes we have to remember to adjust our rearview mirrors and pay attention to what we see in them.  Today I will definitely adjust my rearview and smile.

Happy Father’s Day!

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How to get kids to eat salad, and thank you for it…

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anna and emma whole foods

If you can already get your kids to eat salad in lieu of mac and cheese then skip this post and keep doing what you’re doing, otherwise read on.

I enjoyed a nice lunch with my daughters Anna and Emma at Whole Foods recently.  I asked them what they wanted for lunch and after they answered mac and cheese.  I asked, “how about a great salad and you can pick anything you want from the salad bar because we’re having a big family dinner for passover tonight.”  They said, “ok”.  God bless Whole Foods for not serving cotton candy at their salad bar.

There are 3 secrets at work here that will help you steer children toward health and empowerment:

  • Tell them why they should choose healthy foods- it makes them faster. stronger, smarter, happier
  • Let them make choices- just make sure the choices are what you want them to be
  • Acknowledge their good choices and reward them with your attention and sincere interest

Revolutionary concept- Instead of calling munchkins and candy treats, let’s say that a nice lunch with the children we love, spent listening to their creative chatter, acknowledging their strengths, are the real treats in life.

Do you have a family you want to help be healthier?  I’m looking for 30 families to join the Fit Friends’ Revolution, Fit Family Challenge starting this May.  Send me an email that you are interested in hearing more and I’ll offer your family a free 20 minute health coaching session if you’re one of the first 10 to respond. Contact me now >

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Meet my new Rock Band!

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kids playing guitar

I was working out early this morning and I got a phone call from my daughter at 7:09 am to hurry home because she was up and ready to play guitar with me.  I hurried home!

Some background. I started teaching myself guitar 2 months ago because it’s been a vision of mine and I want to bring music into my house. My kids now want to play so I’m teaching them.  You know children model what they see so I don’t try to diet and kill myself with workouts.  Instead I challenge myself to eat amazing, train smart, learn everything I can and model behavior I want my kids to copy so they can be happy, successful and have fun in life. What better reason to be healthy than influencing and empowering a child to have a fulfilling life?

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Look at this “health” website with a Burger King ad. What!!!!!!!!

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I found the site below looking for the calories in parmesan cheese.

fit website with bk ad

Ok, I’m trying with all my super human powers not to pass judgement on this “health” website for promoting health and Burger King at the same time :-) .  I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason to send a mixed message that subconsciously calls you to drop the egg white and run towards greasy sausage patties.

Seriously, our children are fatter and unhealthier than ever. They suffer most from the mixed messages because they are so impressionable.  Help the children in your life by choosing foods that are not served with only profit in mind at the expense of your family’s well being.  Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now :-)

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