Spring break is here, flowers are blooming and summer is just around the corner! Kids are itching to get out of the house and spring is a great season to increase their activity levels. Obesity is an increasing epidemic in America and children are quickly becoming a part of this crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese—a number that has tripled since 1980. A great way to get your children in shape in time for summer is to have the whole family involved (and even your pets!).
Below are some fun ideas to help your family spring into fitness:
1) Get some fun party music going in the house and have a “dancing hour” dancing with your kids to their favorite tunes.
2) If you have a dog, include your children in the daily dog-walking. Challenge them to see if they can out-run their canine in a backyard race.
3) Incorporate fitness into your daily homework time. Quiz your children in spelling and math facts while performing cardiovascular activities such as hopscotch or jumping rope.
4) Kids love yoga poses and it helps develop balance, core stability and relaxation. Downward dog, table, plank and tree are excellent poses for both kids and grown-ups.
5) Spring is a great time for children to get into organized sports. Tee-ball, soccer and tumbling class are all starting up soon and terrific for kids as young as three.
6) Challenge family members to a game night playing Twister, Hyperdash, WiiFit or Hullabaloo (Cranium game).
7) When the kids are playing in the driveway, challenge them and their friends to a jump rope competition. See who can get the most jumps in one minute! Jumping rope is also a perfect opportunity for adults to get in a great cardiovascular workout as well!
8) Hiking is a great weekend activity to get the whole family involved. Check out the local state parks, pack a picnic basket full of healthy goodies and make a day out of hiking and taking in great scenery.
9) As the days are getting longer it means extra sunlight after dinner time. Keep your walking shoes by the door and take an evening walk or bike ride. When you get back home, your energy level will be up and you’ll be happy to do the dishes!
10) There are plenty of 5K run/walks every weekend benefiting great causes. Have your kids pick an event in the neighborhood close by. Besides getting a great workout, your kids will learn the importance of helping others in need.
Never underestimate the power of a good workout. The days are getting longer, spring is in the air and many people are thinking about the same thing…getting in shape! According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the home environment can impact the children’s physical activity level. Make fitness a family affair and your kids will thank you!