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The couch is the new playground. Or so it seems. Video games, movies, television—these have replaced traditional playgrounds, parks, and outside activities. And let's not forget computers! Social networking, Web surfing, chat rooms, and sites like Youtube and Hulu consume hours upon hours of their time—hours and hours of sitting time.

The major concern with this is exercise—kids today simply aren't getting enough.

Health concerns are sprouting up nationwide relevant to the lack of the physical activity—diabetes, obesity, and even some learning disabilities like ADHD which can be theorized on the rise due to poor diets (often associated with "couch foods" or snacks) and lack of exerted energy.

Here are some activities focused on getting kids more involved with the world outside their windows, away from the television.

Limit screen time. Kids today have bedrooms filled with the latest technologies. Try moving televisions, gaming systems, and computers into family areas and limit the amount of time that can be spent with them.

Inspire their natural talents. Not every child is a natural soccer star or ballerina. Some are artistic and would much rather lose themselves in a great book or tubes of paint. Encourage them to take walks. Nature is inspiring and small treasures like odd pebbles and leaves can spark artistic ideas. For the child bookworm, experiencing places and events like those in their favorite stories can help relate them to what they're engrossed in. For example, drawing on the popular Harry Potter books, you may want to take a stroll to a neighborhood magic shop, or zoo. Finding what they love is the key to knowing how to motivate them.

Lighten it up. Show younger kids how much fun it is to be silly—and active. Get ready for bed while acting like funny animals. Cook dinner while dancing around the kitchen. Have a race to the bus stop. Normal routines can be made active with the slightest dash of silliness.

Family game nights. Take some of your family nights outside. Kickball, catch, touch football, swimming, planting the garden—these activities get the whole family involved, and promote physical activity.


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