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Old 03-24-2013, 01:23 PM   #1
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Advice needed to get young teen active

My 13 year old son is an awesome, kind, smart kid. School comes easy to him, even advanced classes. He does his school work, but he doesn't have to work hard to get good grades. That's great, but I feel like he needs to learn to work through challenges and get active and I'm having trouble with it.

We tried two years of soccer, then two years of swimming, then three years of karate. He pretty much hated all of it. We've asked him if there was any sport at all he wanted to try and he says no. Because he's in advanced classes at school, he's exempted from PE. I know that despite how great he is at school, he has to get active to stay healthy. We've suggested lots of activities, taken him hiking in the Grand Canyon and North Carolina and no matter what we try, he's never gotten that spark of pride and joy that his dad and I get from being active...

I decided to try running with him, thinking that an individual sport might be the key. So, I signed us all up for the Expedition Everest 5k in May, thinking that would maybe inspire him to get into running. Every training run we've done so far has been like pulling teeth. He just hates pushing himself and getting out of the "easy zone" and doesn't seem to enjoy being active, no matter what we try.

Anyone going through the same thing or have any advice for how to get a non-active kid to enjoy being active?
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