Children soak up everything they see, starting with how you act and how you are as a parent. The examples you set now can help set them up for a lifetime of healthy living.
Exercising does not need to be boring and conventional. To help you implement healthy, doable, and fun exercises into your child‘s daily regimen, consider these five exercises that you can do with your kids!
1. Blast music and get moving
A dance party can be the perfect excuse to get your family moving. The great thing about this type of movement is that it can be done anywhere at any time, which makes it one of the most fun exercises.
Dancing spikes up the heart rate and can even give you an opportunity to bond with your family members. You can teach your younger ones classic moves or dances to help them bust a move. As long as you are playing some kid-friendly tunes and keeping the volume up loud, this is a surefire way to get the whole family moving together.
2. Take a family stroll
When it is great weather outside, a family walk after an early dinner can be a great situation to not only get your step count up for the day but also an opportunity to connect with your kids after a long day away from them.
Once you have done it a few times in the week, your family (especially the younger ones), will get used to it and pick it up as a habit. This can increase the chances of the walks being accomplished, because as children tend to notice when a daily plan does not go as scheduled, they are more likely to voice it, and keep you and your whole family accountable.
Especially if it is post-meal, you can digest your dinner while you walk around so sleeping will be much easier. If you have a family dog, then this makes walks a great excuse to get your pet some exercise and the rest of your family, too.
3. Cleaning competition
Nobody likes to clean, especially when it comes to chores and your children. However, most kids are up for a healthy challenge. Encouraging cleaning as a healthy habit and instilling a sense of competition, a cleaning game can be a great way to get the family moving.
Whether you are shooting socks into the laundry basket or dresser, music freeze while cleaning throughout the house, or setting up a timed competition with a set number of tasks, these are great ways to get your family moving fast!
4. Make your way through an obstacle course
Whether you have a large, wide backyard behind your home or you have some space indoors, toys or other household objects can easily become the tools you need to set up a fun obstacle course for you and your family to play and complete.
Most importantly, these easy-to-set-up courses will get you moving, jumping, zig-zagging, and running. Use everyday objects like shoes work your way around, sidewalk chalk (if outside) to draw up a path, dolls to jump over, and even large tables to go under. This can give your children a healthy and controlled outlet to use up their energy, and get them moving.
5. Normal bodyweight workouts
If your children are already in sports, then they might be familiar with certain conventional workouts. Resistance training for kids are healthy enough to be done on a regular basis and do not present any risks for their growth and development (as long as you are not adding weights).
Some bodyweight exercises that you can challenge your children to (even with timed competitions between siblings) are planks, push-ups, crunches, and wall squats. Especially if the weather outside does not allow for you to head to the park, these conventional workouts or competitions can be a great way to get your kid moving inside the house.
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A daily exercise regimen or getting moving a few times a week can help with reducing stress levels, regulating a healthy body weight, and growing to their healthiest and optimal development. Not only are these ideas great for physical health, but they can be fantastic opportunities to bond with your family as well.
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