Summer time has arrived! This is that time of year where it’s a constant battle of moms vs. electronics. I definitely think there should be a time for kids to play video games but also know the need for movement and exercise. Did you know that kids need one hour of exercise per day? Children need 60 minutes of physical activity each day, including aerobic and muscle strengthening activities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The habits built now will carry them into adulthood.
Here are my top ideas for keeping kids active this summer…
- SWIM RACES: They can race siblings across the pool or use a timer so they can keep trying to beat their own time. Don’t have a pool? Run in the sprinklers
- FITNESS CIRCUIT: Set up a fitness circuit with items around the house. Ideas are endless for this one but here is an example. Set a timer for 1 minute each station and rotate through as many times as you decide.
- Jump rope
- Hop scotch – use chalk to draw
- Push – ups
- YOGA: My kids absolutely love Cosmic Kids on Youtube.
- BIKE RIDE: Go for a family bike ride and if you are in Arizona like we are, follow it up with jump in the pool afterwards.
- GYM: Join a gym and bring your kids: My local gym is Mountainside Fitness and they have kids exercise equipment in the childcare area. They also play dodge ball in the mornings and a few days a week they have a program called Fit Kids.
- DECK OF CARDS WORKOUT: You and your kids can do it together. Get a deck of cards and shuffle them up. Flip one card over at a time and use the number on the card to tell you how many reps. Ex. 9 of hearts = 9 jumping jacks
- Hearts: Jumping Jacks
- Diamonds: Push- ups
- Spades: Squats
- Clubs: Sit ups
- WATER PARK: Spend a few hours at a local water park. We have a water park down the street from our house so it makes it easy with season passes to go for a few hours. Kids get exercise by moving around the water park and climbing all those stairs.
- HIKE: Head to cooler weather and go for a hike to explore nature.
- PARKS: If weather permits head to the park to burn off some of that energy or find an indoor park to play at.
- INDOOR SKATING RINKS: Go spend a few hours roller-skating or ice-skating. They even have indoor skateboarding parks these days.
Get creative and involve your kids to make exercise fun! Show them how important exercise is by exercising yourself.
Need a workout program yourself? Join Muscle Fix, 8 workouts a month all via MBHbymisty App. Included on the app are areas to track your progress and videos of every exercise. This strength program is for all levels.