4 Fun and Easy Exercises for Kids
Over the last few months, you may have noticed your child has leaned more towards technology to occupy their time. Activities such as playing video games, binge watching movies or surfing the web can very easily make time pass, however can also deter your child from getting into physical activity. As parents, we should encourage our children to get in at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. Here are some tips on how to easily achieve this:
Running is definitely one of the easiest ways to burn some energy. Kids love to run making it the most practical form of exercise.
To make this activity more enjoyable, and to maximize its benefits, you can encourage your child to add additional movement to this form of exercise. For example, prompt your child to alternate between running and skipping. Another way of doing this is by running with high knees, or jogging on the spot. You’ll be surprised to see your child grow more energized for as long as they go!
Getting up off your feet and high in the sky is a very appealing form of exercise that kids love. The best part of jumping is that it can be done in various ways.
- Jumping Jacks
Classic jumping jacks involve stretching arms and legs out like a starfish while jumping, then returning arms to side and legs to center upon landing.
- Criss- Cross Feet
jump straight up, then cross one foot in front of the other. On the next jump, switch feet and continue.
- One-Foot Hops
Lift one knee as high as you can, then hop on the standing leg. Make sure to alternate! To make this even more challenging, take it outside. Using chalk, mark out various spots to create an obstacle course and complete it using this method.
Music is a great way to spice up any workout. A guaranteed solution to encouraging your child off the couch and onto their feet is by challenging them to a dance off! All you have to do is play your child’s favourite jams, make the first move and watch them dance!
Stretch it Off!
After any exercise, it is very important to stretch. Following these movements, follow up with some simple stretches to keep your child’s muscles strong and healthy. Doing so can also help transition kids into a more relaxed state post- workout, making it a double- win for us parents.