Spring into Fitness

Ways to get kids moving.

You don’t need fancy equipment or a health club to help your kids get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. All you need are some regular household items and a little imagination. Combine a few of these tips and they’ll quickly add up to a fun and healthy routine.

1. Keep on rolling.

Encourage your kids to put their muscles to work with their bikes, skates or scooters. Don’t forget the helmets and pads.

2. Stride for steps.

Teach your kids to use their feet every chance they get. Let them walk to a friend’s house, to the store, around the mall or walk the dog.

3. Move to the beat.

There’s no better way to become active than dancing. Your moves don’t have to be perfect— sometimes it’s more fun to be silly. Just turn up the music and let loose.

4. Become a team player.

Your children don’t need to play organized sports to enjoy team activities. Have them meet up with a few friends to shoot hoops, kick a soccer ball, play street hockey, or throw a football or baseball. Check out neighborhood recreation centers for open gym times and other activities, such as tennis or swimming.

5. Inspire others.

Teach your kids how to get everyone moving. When they’re babysitting or playing with peers, have your kids invent games and get everyone involved. Youngsters love pastimes like hopscotch, tag, hide-and-seek, Hula-Hoops, jumping rope, squirt guns, T-ball, kickball or kite flying.

Naturally, the best way to get your kids moving is to participate with them. Try to make daily activities habit, and you could reap the health benefits, too.