Much has been written about the benefits of exercise and sports; healthy body, healthy mind, and better disposition and mood are just some of the many benefits. Despite knowing so many of the benefits of exercise, reluctantly, so many of us still live a sedentary lifestyle.
In recognition of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, an annual celebration of physical activity each May, now is a great time to start thinking about your health and renew your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Get ready to break out the “I like to move it, move it.” song. To help encourage families and their kids to be active together, here are some activities that everyone can do together.
- Treasure Hunt. Is there any kid who doesn’t like a treasure hunt? Prepare a treasure hunt game around the house or in the backyard. In every clue, add a physical activity or sports that they can do. It is sort of an Amazing Race type of treasure hunt wherein before moving to the next clue, they need to first perform a task. Your kids will be looking forward to this fun-filled treasure hunt and their bodies will appreciate the physical activity.
- Games for Chore-Free Week. Sweating it out can be done not only through exercise, but doing some household chores, too. Parents will love this idea since it encourages physical activity and teaches children responsibility. Parents define wherein a child who wins a physical game, perhaps at home, school, or at youth sports, will be able to enjoy a chore-free week.
- Follow the Leader. This activity works well for younger children. When parents are ready to rock some mom and dad-level chores, break out a matching outfit or apron for the toddlers of the home, turn on some music, allow the children to follow and copy your chores and let the fun begin. Not only will everyone involved get in some light physical activity, but the house gets cleaned and the kids get to enjoy some quality fun time with mom and dad.
These activities are fun for kids and they won’t feel like they’re being forced to get in some physical activity. What are some of your favorite ways to get your kids active?