Nowadays we are all getting busier and busier, whether it’s longer hours at work, making time for family or simply getting a few minutes to yourself each day! It’s the same for our kids - children nowadays are the ultimate overachievers. From school to soccer practice to music lessons it can seem like twenty four hours simply isn’t long enough for them to have fun playing, and stay healthy. Here are some sneaky tips, to make sure your kids are fitting in enough physical activity (while still having a good time), no matter how busy they get:
Make Working Out Feel Like Playing
The trick to getting kids to do most things that are good for them (exercising, eating vegetables etc.) is to make it feel like a game, since if they had a choice they would play all day. Great things to look out for are high quality trampolines for sale, kids ride on cars and kids outdoor play equipment, which will make great additions to a family home.
You could even look into getting sandpits in your backyard or climbing frames to keep your little ones active during their playtime.
Hula Hoops Are Great Fun!
We all remember the joy of playing with hula hoops as kids - and they are just as fun at any age. Also, playing with a hula hoop doesn’t feel like conscious exercise, it’s just heaps of fun for you and your children! Donna Sparx from Hoop Sparx explains this fabulous idea:
“Grab a hula hoop, put on some fun music and start to DANCE with the hoop. You can make rainbows by passing the hoop from one hand to the other overhead; explore outer space by stepping through the magical portal into other worlds; and shake hands with a hoop spinning on your arm. Endless giggles and a great way to inspire exercise. There’s some great kids hoop dance tutorials on YouTube too.”
Set Off On A Family Adventure
Nothing’s more exciting than exploring somewhere new with your family - family bonding time, a getaway from responsibilities and potentially great exercise all in one! Here’s why Health and Fitness Travel believe this is a great tip for sneaking exercise into your kid’s life (check out one of their two instagram accounts HERE):
“Entice the children away from computers and televisions and into the outside world. With so much to offer beyond the walls of your home, venture into stunning destinations and enjoy adventure-filled excursions with activities like hiking, kayaking, snorkelling and mountain biking. Not only will you get your kids moving, but you’re also creating fun lasting memories with the entire family.”
Try Something New - Outdoor Laser Tag!
There are so many activities out there that we simply don’t get the time to try, and many of them are incredibly physically engaging. For example - outdoor laser tag. Next time you aren’t sure what to do with the little ones on a quiet weekend, this is the perfect solution. Or perhaps it could even be an incredible idea for a kid’s birthday party? Nicole Lander from Laser Tag in a Box explains this unique idea:
“A great way to get kids out and about is to play outdoor laser tag. Just like a live video game, kids have loads of fun and get some exercise without even thinking about it.”
Play Games That Involve Lots Of Movement
Pretty much all little ones love games - I mean what’s not to get excited about? So why not get the whole family involved and have fun with some games you never get around to playing during the busy school or work week. Gabrielle Bekhuis from KLOP explains why this fabulous game benefits your kids beyond belief. Here’s how to play!
“It’s no secret kids like to throw things, so why not make a game out of it? KLOP is the seriously addictive log-tossing game, perfect for the whole family. An excuse to get outside, and share a few laughs, the kids won’t even notice they’re working on their math skills too!”
Try Setting Up An Obstacle Course
Obstacle courses are great ways to get kids active, with them hardly realizing what they are doing. Especially for competitive kids, who love trying out new skills and pushing themselves to the limit. Health and fitness coach, Clint Bauer, explains how this is the perfect sneaky tip to get your kids working out:
“Kids don’t need sets and reps to get active. Kids need activities that will stimulate them mentally and physically with the right mix of risk, challenge and joy. The easiest way to achieve this is through games. One such game is an obstacle course. This game requires jumping, balancing and crawling. If they don’t stay on course they may get eaten by a crocodile, dragon or whatever other monster fuels their imagination. Set up different obstacles in the backyard or park, you could use rocks to jump over, logs or timber to balance on, rope to crawl under, pool noodles to run around and even use the existing landscape such as a playground. The list of obstacles is limited only by imagination.
These games may not look like much, but in reality are helping young children develop essential skills far more than any app or computer game can.”
Acrobatics Are Fun Filled And Fuel Creativity!
Who wouldn’t find flipping around and learning new tricks an absolute ball? Jason Debel, a personal trainer, father and co-founder of a fitness store comments on this:
“Learn how to do somersaults, cartwheels, and handstands with your children. You will be sweating bullets and children will be jumping around outside having a great time. It is a fun activity that builds core and upper body strength. Once you start to get good at acrobatics, you can work on creating a little performance together. Get creative and have fun figuring out your routine!”
So there you have it - trick your little ones into staying fit and healthy with these great tips & tricks. Trust us, they’ll simply feel like they are playing the days away!