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Moving Past Obstacles to Staying Active

We all face obstacles to being physically active now and again. Lack of time, low motivation, and competing obligations can get in the way.

There are also a number of ways that a child or youth’s physical activity can be affected by mental health challenges they may be experiencing.

They may feel too tired or unmotivated to be active, or have difficulty participating on teams or in groups.

Some medications used to treat mental health challenges can also have unwanted physical effects that reduce their interest in being active.

No matter what challenges your family faces, here are some ways to help move past barriers and set children and youth up for success in staying active. This section includes some tips for specific types of challenges children and youth might face.  

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