You know that along with a healthy diet, plenty of exercise is what your kids need to grow up strong and healthy, but unless they’re naturally sporty, it can be difficult to get them up and moving, especially when you’re a busy mom with so many other things to worry about on your plate!
The good news is, there are lots of sneaky little ways you can get the reluctant little exerciser to not only get active but to enjoy it too…
Get a Dog
Okay, so this is only something you should do if you’re ready and willing to take on the responsibility of looking after your own pooch, but if your kids are forever pestering you for a puppy of their own, getting them one is sure to get them moving more. For one thing, they’ll need to walk him at least twice a day, then there are hiking trips, walks on the beach and playing catch in the garden with their furry friend to keep them on the move too!
Invest in a Trampoline
These black Friday trampoline discounts provide you with the perfect means of getting more exercise into your kids. You see, jumping around on a trampoline doesn’t seem like exercise – it feels like great fun – which means you don’t really have to persuade your kids to go out and jump for 30 minutes each day, and when they do they could burn some serious calories and keep themselves in top condition too.
If your child has an interest in the natural world, then getting them outside gardening, whether it’s creating a butterfly garden, planting trees or digging over the soil to look for bugs and worms, will help to keep them healthy.
Get to the Beach
If you live near the coast, taking your kids regularly to the beach is sure to go down well – just make sure they swim while they’re there and they’ll get an excellent workout. Not by the coast?. They’ll undoubtedly enjoy splashing around at the local pool just as much.
Download Some Tunes
Most kids love music, so if you want to get them moving more, download some of their favorites and hold an impromptu dance party right there in the living room. It might not be quite as challenging as running track, but it will quite a few calories and ensure your kids aren’t constant couch potatoes.
Have a Pillow Fight
Pillow fights are, as every child knows, lots of fun, but you know what? They also take a lot of activity too. Running around, jumping, bashing your opponent with your pillow – it all takes quite a bit of effort, but it never feels like exercise.
Organize a Treasure Hunt
What could be more fun than spending your weekends following a map in a bid to find some mysterious hidden treasure? If you’re a kid, not much. So, if you want to get your children walking more, channel your inner pirate and remember X marks the spot.
If you try these activities on your kid, you can be sure they’ll be fitter, more active and less dependent on their devices in no time at all!