Is it wrong to force your kids to exercise on a treadmill while watching TV?



ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Friday’s 98.3 TRY social dilemma came from Maureen. She wants to know if she can get her children to exercise while watching TV.

Hi Jaime, I am a mom of a very energetic 11 year old boy. Obviously, I’m still worried about how much time he spends in front of the screen, with iPads and TVs (no, he doesn’t have a phone yet). So one thing I do around the house is have my treadmill in front of the TV. If my son wants to watch something, he has to walk on the treadmill while he watches. I guess at least he exercises while watching TV, and it keeps him from watching for too long. Some of my friends say it’s bordering on violence, while others say I’m a great parent to think about it. (I didn’t really think about it, I saw someone on the news do it). Since we listen to your dilemma every day, we thought we’d ask the question. Do you think it’s wrong to have your child walk on the treadmill while watching TV? Do you think it is “bordering on abuse”. Or do you think it’s good. thank you so much

~ Maureen.

I don’t think there is anything wrong, as long as we don’t talk about hours of treadmill walking. Children have a lot of energy, and unfortunately with computers and other screens taking up such a large part of our lives, they often don’t get the exercise they need. I think this is a good way to let him enjoy TV and exercise at the same time.

What do you think? Abusive, or okay? Let me know on the TRY Facebook page.


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