Parents face increasing challenges to get kids to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The distractions of television, phones, iPads and Youtube now make it even more difficult to motivate children to be active. But here are some simple ways to ensure your children stay on the move, learn about their bodies and have fun!
An agility ladder is a fitness prop that will keep your kids engaged and can be used anywhere. This versatile item folds up for easy transport and kids love them. No directions needed, simply roll it out and run, skip and jump your way to fun fitness.
You can even make your own impromptu agility ladder with some tape or chalk on the floor. Encourage kids to use their imagination by making up some moves of their own or show off football drills as a way to keep it interesting.
Potato sack race, tug of war, obstacle courses and skipping are all still great ways to enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time together. Go back to basics and show your kids how it was done back in your day!
Find a Partner
Partner exercises are a great motivator and an excellent way to get siblings and friends to exercise together with no equipment required. Squats, planks, and bridges are a few of our favorites.
Give this one a try!
Back to Back Partner Squat:
Grab a friend.
Stand back to back and link your arms on both sides.
Walk your feet outwards and start to lower to 90 degrees.
Hold for as long as possible by pressing into one another.
If you’re up for a bigger challenge you can start from the ground up and see if you can get into squat position without letting go of each others arms!
Get in a tangle
Adults call it yoga but kids just call it fun. All they need are their bodies and a little encouragement. Use animals and shapes to challenge kids to show you how to make themselves into a tree, eagle, or triangle.
There are tonnes of events offered in just about every community. Check local race organisations for ‘Fun Runs’ and make it a family affair! There are also many easy to use apps & pedometers out there for you and your kids to get tracking your movement and compete against each other!
Walk, Run, Jump the Talk
Being a role model is one of the most influential tools we have. By showing children that exercise and good health is fun and a priority for your family you can pass on the value of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a positive attitude towards exercise, there is a good chance they will too!
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