Get Active Together: Exercise with Kids
It’s important to get active with your kids. Whether it’s playing ball at the local park or taking a walk, it’s good to reconnect, get active, and exercise with kids. As part of my New Year’s resolution, I wanted to exercise more. Unfortunately between school and all the other kids activities, I was finding it really hard to go to the gym and do something for myself. My solution was to get the kids involved and get active together.
Now I’m finding it easier to make time to exercise and having fun with my kids all at the same time!
Go for a family walk
During the winter, an outdoor walk may be a little difficult. Instead, head indoors and get walking. It’ll be easier on the kids and you to just head to a mall and just walk around. If you are worried the kids will develop a case of the “Gimme’s”, then you can always go before the stores officially open. Many malls have “walking hours” where people can come and walk while the mall building is open but the stores are not. During the rest of the year, get outside and walk around your neighborhood, a local park, the zoo, or other places. If the kids are old enough, let them ride their bikes while you walk. Want a really good workout? Place young children in a stroller and get moving.
Do yoga with your kids
Yoga is great for children and parents to do together. Many of the poses are easy for young children. Yoga encourages flexibility, stamina, and concentration. There are some great books, videos, and programs out there geared especially for kids. Local libraries have several on the shelves or search Pinterest and YouTube. My younger kids like doing Yoga patterned after animals. All of the poses relate to a different animal. For the crocodile, they’ll lay on the ground and stretch while they make chopping movements with their hands
Play a video game that gets everyone moving
There are several game series’ that are great ways for parents to exercise with their kids. The Just Dance series is a hit in my house because it gets everyone moving. This series has games that are suitable for every age range. We usually dance for 30 to 45 minutes so everyone gets a chance to pick out a few songs and we dance along to the routine together. We play without the remotes because it can be dangerous with kids holding a remote and waving their hands around. I’d hate for there to be an “Oh No! moment.
Play sports and kid games together
Grab a ball and head to the park to play sports like soccer, football, basketball, catch, etc. Head to a nearly pool and splash around. These are all great ways to get moving. Head to the playground and swing with your kids. Swinging is a great workout for your legs and pushing the kids works the upper body. Play favorite childhood games with your kids; Simon Says, Red Light-Green Light, Tag, and Hide & Seek. They will get you moving and burn a few calories too.