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How can I motivate my 19-yr-old son to exercise ?

My 19-yr-old son is 6' 1" and weighs 231 lbs.  He is not physically active on a regular basis.  My husband moved out of the house last year and he & I will be going through a divorce.  I add that info because its just me dealing with this issue on a daily basis. My son had spurts of physical activity playing hockey and baseball in elementary and middle school.  He hasn't been active on a regular basis for 3 yrs.  I don't want to see him start out his adulthood overweight.  Having mom on your case is just weird and uncomfortable for males this age.  I've tried encouraging and inviting him to work out at my gym but he only tells me what I want to hear at the moment and then does not follow through.  Please advise.

Re: How can I motivate my 19-yr-old son to exercise ?

  • My 19-yr-old son is 6' 1" and weighs 231 lbs.  He is not physically active on a regular basis.  My husband moved out of the house last year and he & I will be going through a divorce.  I add that info because its just me dealing with this issue on a daily basis. My son had spurts of physical activity playing hockey and baseball in elementary and middle school.  He hasn't been active on a regular basis for 3 yrs.  I don't want to see him start out his adulthood overweight.  Having mom on your case is just weird and uncomfortable for males this age.  I've tried encouraging and inviting him to work out at my gym but he only tells me what I want to hear at the moment and then does not follow through.  Please advise.
    Well, you know how it is:  he has to want to get exercise on a daily basis and do it because he wants to, not because somebody else would like him to do so.

    What does he like to do?

    I would suggest something co-ed...where he can meet a couple of girls in the mix, too --- a few suggestions:

    Kickboxing
    Martial Arts
    Ballroom dance lessons or hip hop dance lessons -- something he can do with a partner wouled be best
    A coed softball league
    Tennis lessons for beginners; lots of indoor clubs still have them and some of them might have a social hour afterwards

    If he wants to go it alone there are things like running. bodybuilding, biking, rollerblading, to name a few.
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