8 Sneaky Ways to Help Your Kids Get More Exercise
You have an hour between school and dinner when everybody’s wiped, and a screen in every room that seems to be calling out “Resistance is futile…” (Let’s not fight, Alexa.) But don’t sweat it. Here are eight ideas to make family workouts feel a lot less like work.
Get a Dog
Romping in the yard, bounding down a nature trail, bonding at a dog beach in every season…Screens are no match for puppy slobber. Trust.
Plan Creative After School Activities
Chess club and tennis are awesome, but not every kid is destined to be Bobby Fischer or Serena Williams. Why not give their pent-up energy an out-of-the-box escape valve? No one under 18 is going to say no to trapeze school, trampoline parks or rock-climbing class.
Plant a Butterfly Garden
It’s official. Gardening is “excellent exercise,” according to the CDC. Spring is coming. (We see you, March 20!) And certain flowers are known to attract butterflies (and hummingbirds). All that’s left to do is go buy some bulbs with your babes.
Speaking of butterflies, you don’t need to teach your kids Phelpsian strokes to get the most out of pool time. Anyone who has ever seen a two-year-old nap after splish splashing in a Bubble Babies class at the Y will attest to that.
Dance (Party) Like There’s Nobody Watching
We’re just going to come out and admit it: We regularly copy James Corden’s Toddlerography at home.
Jump on the bed
We know, we know: That poor monkey mama had to call the doctor so many times. But with supervision, there are safe ways to enjoy this endorphin extravaganza. One mom we know put a queen-size mattress on her living room floor for exactly this purpose.
Make everything an outdoor activity
Need to buy produce? Hit a farmers’ market instead of your local superstore. Having a playdate? Take everyone on a scavenger hunt in nature. Brunch with Nana? Make it a picnic in the park! “But it’s February,” you say? Kids don’t care! Their metabolic rates and high activity levels make kids far less uncomfortable in cold weather than you are.
Um, have you guys heard of Geocaching
Think Pokémon Go with a wholesome, crunchy, family-friendly twist. If they’re not going to put their phones down anyway, you might as well keep them moving.
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