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Kids and Exercise – Tips to Stay Healthy


As a parent, you want what’s best for your kids, especially when it comes to their health. The best way to keep your kids healthy is to encourage them to be active and move around. Although you wouldn’t want to send your toddler to the gym, there are many ways you can encourage your kids to exercise in a fun way that will keep them healthy.


Head Outside

If you want to keep your kids healthy and active, then turn off the TV and head outside! There are so many things for your kids to do outside, no matter what season it is. If it’s summer, your kids can exercise by going swimming or running through the sprinkler. If it’s the middle of winter, take them sledding or tubing. You’d be surprised at how much exercise your kids (and you!) get when you go up and down a sledding hill multiple times. By simply heading outside, you’re encouraging your kids to be active and healthy.

Play Games

Get your entire family involved and exercise by playing some games. If you want your kids to run around more, instead of putting them on a treadmill, start a game of tag. Everyone will soon be out of breath as the entire family runs away, trying to avoid the person who is “it.” The more active games you play, the healthier your kids will be as well.

Enroll Them in Sports

If your goal is for your kids to exercise on a regular basis, you might want to enroll them in sports. This gives them a competitive way to exercise surrounded by kids their own age. Your kids will work hard to keep up with their peers, hopefully outpacing them as train their bodies to endure more and more exercise and activity.

Go to the Park

Another great way to get your kids to exercise and stay healthy is to head to your local park. Although this might seem surprising, the park is a great place to exercise. Many parks have baseball fields and basketball courts for your kids to practice on. Even simple playgroup equipment can help your child exercise without knowing. Think about the upper body strength and coordination it takes to swing across the monkey bars!

By moving around and staying active, your kids are receiving the exercise they need to stay healthy through their growing years.

What are some ways you get your kids to exercise?


Annmarie John
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  1. My Little is struggling with weight at the moment. Now that the weather is warming back up, I'm so excited to get him out to the park again!

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    1. You can even do indoor activity Ashley but I'm with you, the great outdoors is so much better.

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  2. Such great things to do with and for our little ones - I did enroll my son into a few things - even as he was shy, he did participate - and had 2 yrs of Karate as a little guy - but this also gave him such confidence! Great post

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    1. Thank you Donna and yes enrolling kids in group activities can truly help get out out of their shell.

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  3. We try to make sure our sons get as much outdoor activity as possible. They love their cartoons and playing on our devices, but we try to make sure that's balanced by LOTS of activity.

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    1. That's great Krystal, I do encourage the kids to do the same thing as well.

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  4. My boys are always running around and when they are not, they both do sports.

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    1. That is great Robin, as long as they're getting some form of activity in.

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  5. Great post. I have been struggling with this myself lately. With the bitter temperatures and icy streets, it's getting hard even to guilt them into taking the dog for a walk. And without the snow, I can't bait them with snowmen, sledding, or any of that super fun cold stuff. I recently joined the Y to fight the winter lazies. It's really fun to go swimming indoors knowing that outside it's raining and below freezing. We just have to time it so they can run around when the kid center opens so we don't have to deal with wet hair! Thanks for the great ideas! I need to be more creative with my indoor games.

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    1. You're very welcome for the ideas Valerie and I know that during the winter it's harder getting exercise in but it can be done.

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  6. The park is our favorite. Keeps the kids happy and active while socializing with friends.

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    1. The park is always a favorite among the kids. There they get to interact with other kids and have a good fun time.

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  7. I used to love taking my kids to the park. They always got exercise on the swings!

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    1. The swings, slides, just running around, you name it but the park is a great place to get some exercise in.

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  8. My kids are really active. We make a point to go hiking or something at least once a week and they do PE with other homeschoolers at the park.

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    1. That is awesome Lesley. Hiking is a really great way to get your exercise.

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  9. Those are all great tips. Kids definitely need to run off some of that energy. Amber N

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    1. Thank you Amber and you're right, they do need an outlet for all that energy.

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  10. Great tips! We go for family walks and do lots of playing at the park weather permitting. In the nicer weather the kids are all in sports!

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    1. Family walks is a great bonding activity and one that I completely recommend.

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  11. We do all of these things. Geocaching is a wonderful thing. It's like a treasure hunt. We get a lot of walking exercise in and the only thing we really had to pay for was the app for my iPhone.

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    1. Walking is so great and geocaching is totally catching on.

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  12. Great tips. It's so important for kids to get off the couch, away from the electronics!

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    1. That is so true Lois. I'm amazed at the amount of overweight kids I see going/coming from school. A little bit of exercise daily would help with that problem.

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  13. Got my son a Smart Cycle a couple of years ago at Christmas so he could get exercise even on days that aren't great for going outdoors. These are all great ideas!!

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    1. That is great Anne and I'm sure that he loves it.

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  14. No kiddos for me. I did love going to the park/school to play though. Imagination gone wild :)

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    1. Well I'm sure when you do have kids of your own Annie that you'll get them out to play.

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  15. Great tips. More kids need to get off the couch and onto the playground. Kids don't play like they use to.

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    1. They sure don't Maureen and it's such a shame now. I remember being outdoors until late in the afternoons just playing. No TV, no video games and it was a lot of fun back then.

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  16. Great tips,We try to keep our kiddies healthy and active.I do not like them sitting in front of the computers or tv for a long period of time.

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    1. The TV and computer isn't so good for their eyes for long periods either so that's a great thing.

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  17. I have been very lucky to have very active kids. My son played basket ball at school right threw high school. My daughter loved being active and was on the cheer leading team.

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    1. That's awesome Ann. My son plays basketball at home with his friends but he's not on the school team. We're focusing more on academics in Highs School with him taking college classes but maybe I can get him involved next year.

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  18. I can't wait until Winter is over. We love outside play!

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    1. Well you can actually have fun even during the winter when the weather outdoors is nice.

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  19. One of the things that I have really broken myself from doing is bringing the kids home and heading outside to play. I HATE the outdoors, but I know how important it is to get them moving. I also think letting them literally run around the house keeps them active. Although I have to pay attention to their compulsion to climb on furniture, I allow them to run and play with each other, yelling and screaming if necessary... so our house is loud sometimes.

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    1. Can I ask why you hate the outdoors? I only hate winter when there is lots of snow/ice on the ground. I'm not a fan of the slush that's left over when the snow melts.

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  20. One of the things that we did when my kids were younger we would turn up the music real loud and have a dance party. Lots of exercise for both kids and parents alike.

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    1. Dance parties are lots of fun. They sure are great exercise for everyone involved and can be really funny too.

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  21. These are great suggestions. We have little man in Cub Scouts which has turned out to be great for winter exercise...they keep them busy with activities when they meet. We also play in the snow. ;)

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    1. Enrolling him in a club is great. There is so much that they experience and sounds like he's having a lot of fun.

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  22. Our boys are involved in a lot of activities and we encourage them to stay active. It's so important to their health.

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    1. It really is important Maria and sounds like you have the best idea for the boys.

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  23. Sunshine can be so great. It can help with being active AND vitamin d is important!

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    1. Vitamin D sure is important and when the sunshine is out having them outside can be amazing.

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  24. The outdoors is an essential part of a kid's growth. They son't get enough in this day and age

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    1. They really don't and it's great to have some activity planned all year round.

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  25. Despite all the technology kids have these days - being active outdoors is still important.

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    1. I agree Aisha, there's nothing like soaking up some vitamin D and getting some exercise in as well. It's a lot of fun.

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  26. I need to suck it up in the cold sometimes and get outside, even in the winter months!

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    1. I think you do Jen and your body would thank you. Just dress warmly.

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  27. My son as always had weight issues. I get yelled at every time I go to the doctors. He is under weight and his height and weight are close enough on the charts. I just ignore them because I can't force hims to stuff is face to pack on the pounds and I can't exactly make him shorter! HAHA I love these tips! Jaiden loves being outside and playing!

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    1. I've always wondered about that chart because Mikael who is 10 has always been below as well but he's healthy. It's only a guide and as long as your son is healthy that's all that matters.

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