Five Exercises To Do With Kids

Let's face it: kids mirror our behaviors. If your child sees you sitting on the couch after you get home from work, what do you think they're going to want to do? Parents often blame their child's laziness on video games or TV and never realize they might be teaching their children to be lazy. 

Before you (and your child) get into this routine, why not try exercising with them? Sure, your child might cringe at the word exercise at first, but it doesn't have to be burpees and push ups! Below are five exercises you and your child will find easy, fast, and healthy to do together. 

1.) Bike Riding

This is something that you could do literally every day with your child. You could ride bikes together through the park, or your neighborhood. Why not make a game out of it? Suggest a friendly (and safe) race to the park or nearest ice cream shop. Just make sure you don't fill up on too much ice cream! ;)

2.) Dance Off

Dancing is one of the best ways to lose calories fast! If you have a Wii, I suggest getting Just Dance for you and your child. Not only is it a video game (which your child will love) it's a healthy way to work out and sweat! Your child will be so into the game that they won't even realize they're exercising. At the end of each dance, it tells you who has the most rhythm. Make a game out of it! See who can win three or four times in a row.

3.) Sports

Most children love sports. Basketball, football, soccer... You name it! Anything that has to do with competition, they'll love. If you live near a basketball court, why not take an hour to an hour and a half to play a friendly game of H.O.R.S.E? Not only will your child be getting a great amount of exercise, they'll be learning skills and might even find a new hobby!

4.) Walk For Charity

Many towns host charity events (such as a 5K or a 10K). What better way to get your kids moving than just walking? They'll be working out while helping out a great cause. Charity walks are usually supported by vendors on the street, and hand out water and snacks while you're walking. It's a great way to meet people in your neighborhood while staying healthy.

5.) Building

Children love to build (and destroy) things. If you're able to, why not attempt to build a treehouse with your child? Not only will your child be excited to have his/her friends over in their new hang-out spot, it'll teach them responsibility and strength. Children could help lift the planks needed for the walls, and (if they're old enough) can attempt to hammer in nails under parental supervision. 

What activities do you do with your children? Let us know in the comments below.

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