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5 gifts that'll secretly get your teen up and moving

This holiday season, why not purchase a gift for your teen that will get them up and going?

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. But if you have a teen, you know it can be a challenge to get them off of their phones, computers, video games, the list goes on

This holiday season, why not purchase a gift for your teen that will get them up and going? Check out these five ideas for gifts to ensure your teen is getting their recommended daily physical activity:

1.Extreme gift certificates. Extreme sports are extremely popular right now (pun intended). Whether it’s rock climbing, snowboarding, or surfing, you can encourage your teen to explore new sports with a gift certificate for a private lesson, a couple of ski lift tickets, or a few day passes to the local climbing gym.

2. Active video games. Video games might not sound like the best way to encourage activity, but there are some on the market that will really get your teen up and moving. They can bust a move playing Just Dance, try their hand at football, tennis, or skiing with Wii sports or Kinect Sports, go on a crazy, full body adventure with Active Life Outdoor Challenge, or compete on a zany obstacle course in Wipeout.

3. Glow in the dark gear. You could get your teen some regular sporting equipment, or you could take it up a notch and get them an LED lit Tangle Creations Nightball. These glow-in-the-dark balls light up on impact or while in motion, so playing an after-school game of 2-on-2 with friends is possible even during these short winter days. You can choose between a soccer ball, football, or basketball.

4. A sports action camera. Though getting your teen a GoPro may be out of your budget; there are plenty of more economical choices on the market now. Check out the AKASO EK7000 Sports Action Camera or the Polaroid Cube+ for budget-friendly video cameras that will encourage your teen to get outside and do something worth filming and showing off to their friends.

5. A set of wheels. Slow down. We’re not talking about a car here! How about a skateboard, longboard, some roller skates, or a new bike? Not only will your teen be spending active time outside, but it might also give them a bit more independence for getting to friends’ houses if they live close by. Just don’t forget to buy a helmet, too!

Sinclair Broadcast Group is committed to the health and well-being of our viewers, which is why we initiated Sinclair Cares. Every month we’ll bring you information about the “Cause of the Month,” including topical information, education, awareness, and prevention. December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month.

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