Jumping rope to some music disguises exercise as fun for some teens.

How to Motivate Lazy Teenagers

by Candace Webb

Teenagers need to remain physically active for optimum health and well-being, but the teenage years are when many of them begin to slow down, according to an article published on the KidsHealth website. Whether they lose interest in organized sports, spend more time watching television or stop spending time outside, this laziness can lead to health problems. Motivating lazy teenagers involves finding what interests them and then providing opportunities.

Discover their interests. Many teens lose interest in activities they liked as younger children, and they develop new interests as they age. Discuss the new interests. For example, a teen who used to love playing organized soccer might now like to go to the skateboard park. Ask them what they would like to participate in for physical workouts.

Give gifts that promote activity. Skateboards, jump ropes, weight sets and other physically demanding items make excellent birthday and holiday presents for teens who might otherwise not have thought to ask for them. Many gyms offer teen memberships.

Make it easy. Rides to the gym, skateboard park or weight room can keep otherwise lazy teens moving. Agree on a weekly schedule and stick to it. Your commitment to their chosen activities show them you support their efforts to maintain a healthful lifestyle.

Use imagination. For teens who are motivated by money, suggest a job as a camp counselor. They will spend the summer chasing after kids and leading them in physical activities while earning a paycheck. Helping out at car-wash fundraiser or running charity marathons are perfect for teenagers who want to give back to society and make a difference. While doing these activities they are getting physical exercise. Collaborate to come up with ideas that will make being physically fit enjoyable.


  • Join in as a family to encourage and lead by example.

About the Author

Candace Webb has been writing professionally since 1989. She has worked as a full-time journalist as well as contributed to metropolitan newspapers including the "Tennessean." She has also worked on staff as an associate editor at the "Nashville Parent" magazine. Webb holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in business from San Jose State University.

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