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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fun Ways to Get Kids To Exercise

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It can be very difficult to get kids to exercise.  With video games and computers, kids just do not want to go outside like they used to.  The days of neighborhood games and walking everywhere we need to go are long gone.  

I wanted to find a fun way to get my son to exercise.  I have tried some things in the past like taking walks with the dog and riding bikes, but this time I wanted to come up with something different that would be lots of fun and something we can do together.

 I know how much he loves to beat me at games, so I came up with the idea of doing a kickboxing challenge where we can challenge each other to different routines and see if we could both finish it.  Well, it totally worked and he had a ball with it.  We ended up running laps in the yard and running around with the dog afterwards, and we both got a lot exercise, but we had a lot of fun too.

Some other things that we do are when it's rainy out, we do fun challenges in the house.  We do bike races on the exercise bikes or laps around the house to see who can do it faster.  We also do jumping jacks, frog jumps, running in place, anything that we can do to get the heart rate up. 

The most important thing that I have learned is it really doesn't matter what you do, as long as you make it fun.  Just throwing a ball around outside and having the kids run after it can be fun.  

What kind of fun things do you do to exercise with your kids?  

Below are a few fun videos we made of our challenge.  Do you know to know if we were able to complete the challenge?  Stop by our You Tube channel to find out and be sure to subscribe!   Also follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see our daily food logs, challenges and more!

As always,
Be Inspired, Carrie