Ten Ways To Be Active With Your Kids

I’m a huge advocate of kids being active. It scares me when I read how obesity rates are rising and this generation of children may be outlived by their parents. Here are ten simple ways to disconnect with the electronics and reconnect with your family while having fun.

Pedal Power
Bike rides are a fun family activity for ever age and stage. With different bicycle attachments and seats, this is an activity you can do with toddlers to teens. If your child is grumbling about going, let them choose the route. Allowing your children to make decisions about an activity is a powerful motivational tool.

Go Fly A  Kite
While you may think this is all about standing still while the wind makes your kite dance, think again.  In order to get the kite off the ground, you have to run–the sprinting kind that will have breathing hard and feeling like a kid again.

Swim Like A Fish
While lakes may still be a little cold in May for anything more than a quick dip, swimming with your kids is a fun activity that feels more like play than exercise. If the weather is bad, check local indoor pools for family swim times.

Let’s Get Racing
Challenge your kids to a race–running, jumping, skipping, ball throwing, three-legged, potato sack, relay, hoola hoop–the possibilities are endless. So is the fun you will have.

Turn A Walk Into An Adventure
While most kids would say no to a walk with their parents, it’s all in how you present it. Turn any walk into an adventure by not telling them where you’re going. The walks can take place anywhere; in your neighbourhood, at a local park, or you can even drive to an area with trails and go for a hike.  Bring a bag for each child so they can collect leaves, rocks and other treasures they find along the way.

Learn A New Skill
Never mastered the art of throwing a football? Always wanted to learn how to roller skate? What’s stopping you? Let your kids pick something they’ve always wanted to learn and have the whole family try it. This includes you too–be a role model and teach your children you’re never too old to try something new and anything is possible.

Have A Ball
Throw a baseball, kick a soccer ball, shoot some hoops with a basketball, hit the court for some tennis–it doesn’t matter what kind of ball just know you’re going to have a ball spending time with your kids outside.

Frisbee Fun
When’s the last time you’ve thrown a frisbee?  It’s the toy that has stood the test of time and what’s not to love? A frisbee is small, portable, easy to learn, and you can create a hundred different games or learn new tricks. It’s the the plastic disk that can create hours of fun.

Grow A Garden
This is a two-fold activity. Not only will you get down and dirty while digging in the dirt with your kids, you’ll teach them that wholesome food doesn’t come in a box or a bag. The added bonus is your kids will be more likely to eat something they’ve grown themselves.

Fight The Good Fight
A good old-fashioned water fight that is. You can create teams or make it a full on, get everyone wet, war. Grab the water water guns, fill up balloons or simply use wet sponges and let the fights…errr…games begin!

Now go out there and get active with your kids.

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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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6 Responses to Ten Ways To Be Active With Your Kids

  1. Morris Remily says:

    Roller-skating is also a popular sport, and it is even thought that it might soon be added to the Olympics. Skate-parks that have been designed to accommodate the resurgence of skateboarding can also be easily used for roller-skating, and skaters can pull off similar tricks and manoeuvres to skateboarders this way. Roller skate racing is also quite popular, with people competing to get from one side of an obstacle course to the other in the fastest time.:

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  2. SL says:

    Love this list! We have always tossed the word “adventure” into our plans with the kids. It has served us so well! Say it, and a plain old ordinary walk suddenly becomes exciting with the potential to be awesome! :D
    We love going outside to play and it is my preferred setting for these adventures, but when “Spring” arrives with a snowstorm, I am very happy we have a bit of “entertainment” tech on hand.

    Recently we bought a “Disney” Just Dance for the Wii and it is fantastic! The kids love dancing and learning all the lyrics to the theme songs from some of their favourite Disney/Family shows and I love the workout I get! Plus, it’s great for our brains to learn something new! Brain exercise is a *kind* of exercise, right? ;)

    We are moving more – even on days when we are “stuck” indoors. It’s a win-win!

  3. Love this list! Will definitely get out there and do more with the kids once the weather gets nicer. We were warm for a while and now, its miserable again.

    I really want to try grow some vegetables but I have the black thumb of death.

  4. Kat says:

    A family favourite is heading out to little used trails and going for a hike. The kids never stick to the path and we all come home exhausted and grinning.

  5. Nicole says:

    Fabulous list!

  6. We love jump rope, hula hoop and hop scotch for activities close to home. Great list Sharon!

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