If your child feels that he's being pressured into exercising, he is less likely to be physically active, new research says.
Researchers also found that those kids who felt in control of their activity were more likely to see themselves as someone who exercises, making them more inclined to exercise.
Next, researchers plan to find ways to help younger children identify themselves as someone who exercises, so they'll be more likely to continue an active lifestyle in middle school and beyond.
"Just like there are kids who are drawn to music and art, there are kids who are drawn to physical activity," Dishman said. "But what you want is to draw those kids who otherwise might not be drawn to an activity."
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