12 kid-friendly ways to exercise
It generally happens when we hit those teen years — we start rolling our eyes at the things we did as kids.
I can remember baby-sitting some neighbor kids as a soon-to-be high school freshman. They wanted me to jump on their trampoline with them, but no, I was too mature for that.
I wanted to jump. Secretly. But at some point I had decided I was too cool.
So many of those fun things we did as kids were also very healthy, but we abandon the fun and frivolity at some point. For what? Higher stress levels and wider waistlines?
In honor of the 12 months of fit-filled months ahead, here are 12 activities you can do with your kids to burn calories, have fun, and make your tweens roll their eyes.
- Jump rope: This is a great way to teach your kids eye-hand coordination, and it gives you a total body workout.
- Hopscotch: Grab the sidewalk chalk, and don’t stop at 10 squares. Try 20 squares, in a big square or a Y shape. Get creative!
- Crab-walk races: You’re probably going to lose this one, but it’s always fun to see the look on kids’ little faces when they think they’ve beaten us adults at something. Let them win. It’ll be our little secret.
- Ride bikes: We live in one of the most bike-friendly communities in the country, according to the League of American Bicyclists. With the Swamp Rabbit trail at your finger tips, you have every reason to dust off your bike and get peddling.
- Hula hoop: There are actually weighted hula hoops you can buy that are specifically for exercising. But the simple, old-fashioned dollar variety works too.
- Marco Polo: I still don’t understand why this game is so much fun. But the kids love it. Don’t think that just because it’s winter you can’t enjoy this one. Local indoor pools are a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon on a dreary winter day.
- Trampoline: I know that one of the new indoor trampoline places in Greenville actually has a trampoline fitness class for adults only. I think I’ll feel a lot less silly if my kids are with me.
- Roller/ice skating: It’s a skill you never lose, though you may have to make some modifications based on the fact that you’re no longer in the fifth grade.
- Sledding/ice blocking: If you’ve never been ice blocking, you need to try it. This is a great summer activity. You get a big block of ice and a towel. Find a good hill, and slide down it while sitting on the ice. It’s the Southern answer for sledding since we so rarely get any snow.
- Sock wars: Don’t throw away those socks with holes. Wad them into a ball and use them for food fight-like wars. Indoors or out, it’s a lot of fun.
- Exploring: You and I might just call it “going for a walk.” But everything sounds much cooler if it seems like something Indiana Jones would do. So, take the kids exploring in your neighborhood.
- Limbo: If you’re like me, you’ll need to do a little yoga first. But this is easy to do, as long as you have at least three people. All you need is a broom and maybe some music — and a strong back!
Talk to Jenna
Jenna Kochenauer is a news anchor on WORD 106.3 FM. Follow her @JennaOnTheAir. Read her blog at www.NotSoFitGirl.com.