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Children are full of energy, going non-stop until it’s time to lie their heads on the pillow. They are little balls of fire, I just wish I had that much energy, don’t you?
Encouraging children to stay active and to be active is an important part of their overall well-being and their developmental growth to keep their bones strong and healthy, improve coordination and balance, keep weight at bay, and feel less stressed and to sleep well in the evenings.
There are many things you as a parent can do to keep children active, get them away from the TV and video games and to have fun. Remember, to set a good example and exercise yourself. Children learn from example and with childhood obesity on the rise, it is time to take action. Did you know childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years? Get your kids moving without them even knowing they are burning calories with these exercise activities for kids.
Exercise Activities for Kids 7 Fun Ways to Get Kids Moving
Playground: The playground is a perfect place for children to run off energy. Whether playing tag, climbing the stairs to get to the slide, climbing the mini rock walls, using the monkey bars or swinging, energy is being used as well as muscles to develop coordination and stability.
Hoop it up: Basketball if a fun way to get the entire family involved with physical fitness. Play a game of PIG or HORSE or a quick one-on-one game together. Teach the children how to dribble and pass a ball correctly. A game of hoops will also teach children cooperation, confidence and get their hearts beating. For little one’s consider the Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball set so they can shoot hoops as well.
Hit the trails: Either by walking or riding bikes, unless you have a seven year old like I do that refuses to ride. Riding a bike lasts a lifetime, strengthens large muscles, improves balance and burns calories. Always remember to wear a safety helmet and teach children bicycle safety.
Jump around: Get kids jumping with a jump rope, trampoline or a pogo stick or even in puddles. Jumping improves flexibility, strengthens muscles, improves balance and increases motor skills. My kids love jumping rope with me and my son (11) will hop around for a good half hour on his pogo stick. Get those muscles working by jumping around.
Hula dancing: We don’t see many children with a hula hoop like we once did. I was the queen at hula hooping and now my daughter is the same. Turn on the music and have fun. Hula hooping is great for the core (for kids and adults), improves coordination and enhances flexibility.
Swimming: Nothing beats summertime swimming as a family and a quick way to cool down and have a blast. If you do not have a pool or community pool you can visit, consider checking your local Y for open swim. Play games in the pool, see who can swim the fastest lap or dive for swim rings. Some of our favorite swim games include:
Kids Workout Flash Cards: Print this free kids workout cards printable and flash them to your children. They’ll have fun and you’ll most likely laugh at some of the fun movements they’ll perform.
How do you keep your kids active?