If you’re an adult reading this, it may seem unfathomable to you that kids need to look after their fitness. Seeing as they already run rings around you, do they really need to start working out too?
Studies conducted by the BBC revealed that almost three-quarters of children aren’t getting their basic, recommended 60 minutes of exercise every day. With the obesity crisis in Britain only becoming worse with time, it’s so important that children are taught to be healthy and exercise during these formative years. Not only does it help them physically develop, but it creates habits that last a lifetime. There’s no greater gift you can give your child than good health.
That’s all very well and good, but how do you encourage your kids to do some exercise when there’s an Xbox to be played? Here are some great exercises to get everyone in shape:
So, maybe your child isn’t exactly Budhia Singh, but running is a great way to work up a sweat without having to pay a thing. Depending on your kid’s age, you’ll want to moderate the mileage. Teens can manage quite long distances (and outrun you!), but younger children probably won’t be able to get far before you’ll have to turn back.
Let them take the jog at their own pace and offer encouragement – kill two birds with one stone and bring the dog with you. Keep running at a speed where you can still comfortably hold a conversation. Or do speed drills in the garden, using cones.
Taking Up A Hobby
Taking up a martial art is arguably one of the best ways to exercise. Not only does your body benefit from an all-around workout, but you can learn self-defense and social responsibility at the same time. Many classes offer parents and kids sessions, so if you want to join in with the fun, you can. A sport of any kind that your children enjoy can make exercise fun.
Skipping is amazingly good cardio exercise. Young kids benefit so much from playing this game in the playground. Challenge each other to skip-offs or get the whole family involved with long jump rope games. In the summer, you can get everyone to hold a cup of water while they’re jumping – it’s great to cool off on a hot day and you can give out rewards to the one who keeps the most water in their glass.
Hula hoops take some getting used to, but once you’re there, everyone will benefit from body toning. It’s likely that your kids will completely out-hoop you, but they’ll see this as a fun activity, rather than an exercise, while your core muscles will be screaming!
There was a point, a few years ago, where every family with a few bucks to spare bought their kids a huge trampoline. If there’s one in your back garden being ignored, encourage everyone to go out and play. Bouncing and performing tricks will get everyone’s heart rate up, as well as improve co-coordination. Even little ones can enjoy bouncing on a trampoline, although you may want to put up a safety barrier.
Post contributed by Hannah for Playrite. Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.