Are you too busy with the kids to find time for exercise? You can get fit together with these exercise ideas for the whole family.
Play ball games
Everyone, from babies to adults, loves ball games and you can always modify the rules to suit the players’ competence level. Our favourite game is soccer at the moment, which is not surprising with all the excitement around the World Cup still fresh in my kids’ minds.
Chasing games are another activity everyone enjoys and there are different variations to play depending on the age of your children. If you have a toddler, you’ll probably be doing all the chasing. With older kids you can play tag, freeze tag or make up your own rules.
Kids love bikes, which has been confirmed by a recent study by AVG. Bike riding has been found to be the one offline activity, where 3-5-year-olds are as competent as in operating gadgets. So grab the bikes and head to your local park.
Find local classes for parents and kids, or lead your own yoga practice. You’ll need to be somewhat creative explaining the poses in a way that holds your children’s interest, but it won’t be too hard. Luckily, many poses are named after animals, which makes it easy for kids to relate.
Walking is an easy way to stay active, but kids often whinge when we ask them to walk for a long time. Get a pedometer and all of a sudden walking transforms into a fascinating experiment. How many steps are there from home to the shop? Is there a difference between adult steps and kids’ steps? Children are curious and will walk to find out the answers.
Little ones naturally start to bounce around as soon as they hear music. Instead of reaching for the camera, join them. Play kids’ songs with movements that go with the words or simply songs with nice beat. Everyone can take turns showing the moves.
Exercising with your kids will not only get you fit and save you time. You’ll also be connecting with your kids on a whole different level and teaching them healthy habits for life.
More info on AVG study can be found at www.avg.com/digitaldiaries.
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By Tatiana Apostolova