Get off the phone and go outside! How many times have we said this to our kids? Countless. It is no surprise that the norm for kids of this generation is to sit and play on their electronics. Teenagers do not go anywhere without updating their status, hashtagging, and taking selfies. And even the younger ones are sucked in by video games that keep their eyes glued to the screen. With all of this sitting around it is no wonder that childhood obesity and health are at risk. Kids are not getting enough exercise. Starting a fitness routine early is key to a healthy lifestyle for you and your kids. Even if you are just starting now, it is never too late to teach your children how to stay fit. Here are ten simple ways to get your kids on track without them even realizing that they are exercising.
- Play FitBall
If you have ever played hot potato then you can understand how to play this game. Supplies that are need are a beach ball, permanent marker, and music. In various spots on the ball write out simple exercises to do, like five squats. Sit in a circle have someone play DJ (to stop and start the music). When the music stops whoever has the ball will determine with their right thumb what exercise the group will do.
- Roll The Dice
Make dice with posterboard and markers. One die labeled with numbers and the other with exercises. Roll the dice and complete the exercises and number of exercises based on what the dice lands on.
Turn on the music and have a dance party! The easiest and usually most fun way to exercise. If you can stand it let the kids play their music.
- Play Simon Says
Use simon says to get those kids moving. Make sure the rules indicate that it must be exercise related.
- Relay Race
Create a relay race with various exercise stops. Get creative and use jump rope, jumping jacks, burpees. Make different stations and whoever completes the race will win a prize.
- Go For A Hike
Look for local or nearby sites to hike and plan a day of getting closer to nature. It could be a new family bonding event.
- Bike Ride
Go for a nice bike ride. Take your kids to local areas and show them you don’t have to drive the car everywhere.
- Do Trampoline Tricks
Sometimes kids can get bored just jumping on the trampoline. Try doing some safe trampoline tricks and make a game of it.
- Balloon Volleyball
This is perfect for when it’s cold outside. Since you can’t play ball in the house play with a balloon. A house friendly way to burn off some energy.
- Walk Around Your Neighborhood
Not only will it provide your and your children with great benefits it can become a great way to communicate with your kids. Make a routine of it. It can become another way to bond with your child.