Childhood obesity is one of the biggest problems we face today. Because games and fun activities have been reduced to handheld devices, children have become less and less active and physical. While playing on computers, tablets, and smartphones can improve certain skills like memory and reasoning, playing physical games in the great outdoors can enhance physical abilities and provide an opportunity for social participation.
When kids are too heavy or too unfit to perform daily activities, they might become sluggish and tired at school. This can significantly affect their performance and keep them from doing their best in their academics. As parents, it should be our responsibility to find ways for our kids to do their best at school. We all want our children to grow up physically healthy and able, and that’s why we should find ways to engage them in exercise. It might not be the easiest thing to get them to exercise, but with these fun exercise ideas, you’re sure to get them in the best shape for their benefit.
Who doesn’t love playing on a trampoline? As children, these fun-filled contraptions made it easy to feel like we were in flight! Jumping on a trampoline can burn a load of calories, provide an opportunity for cardio exercise, and give muscles and bones the proper exercise they need to develop fully. Trampolines can also be great fun for moms and dads who want to take part in the exercise. Get a large trampoline so the entire family can join in on the fun, and encourage your children to use it regularly to increase their physical activity.
2. Jump Rope
Jump rope is among the most common exercise routines for kids. This fun exercise makes it easy to get the right cardio without overworking the body. Challenge your kids to reach jump rope goals by setting a record every time you use it. Work towards increasing the number of jumps they can perform and challenge them to do tricks and twists with the rope for added fun.
3. Obstacle Course
Take a bunch of pillows, blankets, old toys, buckets, and any other furniture you think you could use and fashion an obstacle course in your living room. Make sure the course would require your kids to crawl, run, and do a bunch of other physically demanding tasks. You can even incorporate puzzles and riddles between each station to stimulate not only their bodies but also their minds.
4. Scavenger Hunt
Hide a bunch of your kids’ toys in and around your house and leave them notes in specific areas that will lead them towards a goal. Make sure you hide items in hard to reach areas so they’d have to exert effort into having to obtain it. Incorporate climbing, crawling, and jumping into the entire activity for a full-on fun exercise.
Playing hopscotch seems to have been forgotten, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Take a piece of chalk and draw out a hopscotch pattern on your driveway. Play with your kids and encourage them to take on special challenges, like skipping over certain blocks with a bigger jump. You can even end the entire activity by drawing out pictures on your driveway – another great physical activity that will exercise your kids.