physical activity from a young age, but unfortunately, as they are offered so
many technological distractions, it can be a little more difficult than it was
20 years ago. Often the term “exercise” can scare them, and even adults, off.
Exercise implies that hard work is involved, that it is routine and often not a
whole lot of fun; but we can turn that around. By incorporating key movements
of exercise into playful physical activity, the dreaded “exercise” word doesn’t
have to come up at all.
play activities are good for developing your kids growing muscles and bones, as
well as some great ideas for the school holidays.
Encourage your children to play outside when the weather is nice; games like tag, relays and
running to bases. If you don’t have a large yard, make it a family activity and
head to the park together on the weekend, make an occasion out of it by having
a picnic. Make sure you incorporate stretches so they don’t pull any muscles!
Another activity that doesn’t
require a whole lot of room but is great exercise, jump rope. Whether you use 2
at once between 3 kids, or just one kid with one rope, jumping is a great
activity that works a lot muscles and burns a lot of energy.
On that note, a great weekend,
holiday or birthday party idea is seeking out an activity centre. Bounce Inc is a trampoline centre that
houses wall-to-wall trampolines, a guaranteed good time for all the kids
involved. Trampolines are a great way for kids to jump around safely because
they have a soft surface to land on. A safe alternative to have at home is the
walled trampoline so you prevent any nasty tumbles.
If your kids show an interest
in a organized sport or classes of some kind, sign ’em up! They may not stick to
one thing for a long time, so look out for flexible classes that allow trial
periods and offer a loan of equipment until they stick to one that they really
One of my favorite activities
to do with my kids is to have a dance party in our house. Set up some cheap
string lights and put on their favorite music and dance around, great way to
get out that extra energy and have a good time!