This is more fun than jogging.

This is more fun than jogging.

Thing 1 weighed in at a whopping 100 pounds a few weeks ago, which moves her from “at risk of becoming overweight” and into “overweight” according to her BMI. This could have some health implications for her, which has me worried.

Hubby and I had a long talk about it, and our conclusion is that her lifestyle just doesn’t give her as much physical activity as she needs and her tendency to eat larger than adult portions has gotten out of hand.

What is the best way to help her without giving her a body complex? I just don’t know. She doesn’t like to “exercise” at all, and our running sessions are punctuated with a whole lot of whining (mostly from her). We don’t live in an area where I can just tell her to run loose and bike freely because traffic is out of control-even I don’t like to bike around here in the height of the summer for fear of my own life! Any paid activity, such as gymnastics, dance, or martial arts, would be at most only 2 days a week, and I think what she really needs is a more complete change of habits from couch potato to jumping bean.

So we went out and got the family a trampoline. She is totally into it because it’s fun and it reminds her of being on Cape Cod. Jumping until she’s out of breath is not “exercise” to her, just play, so she’s used it just about every day. Is this the cure for childhood obesity? I doubt it, but if it gets her moving more and sitting less it will be part of a healthier set of habits. We’ve also added in early morning yoga sessions and 15 minutes of daily housework, as well as implementing some dietary changes to favor fresh fruit and veggies over her preferred cheese and starches, but I think the bouncing, which is pretty vigorous work, will be her favorite.

I can say this for sure: she’s happier about the trampoline than she is with the restrictions we’ve put on her eating, which means it’s the sort of habit that is more likely to stick.