If your kids are home too long do they begin climbing the walls? Our daughter is a climber- she climbs trees, she climbs mountains, and yes, she climbs the walls.
Creating time and space for physical exercise can be a challenge sometimes. Having children who need to be active but are in a confined space for some time can be stressful and/or lead to lots of messes. Having children who need to be active but are more subdued can be just as challenging.
So What Can I Do?
Two words- be creative! Exercise does not have to be complex or well-planned, though it can be. Here is a short list of things you can do to help kick start physical activity at home:
- Dance– put on some music and move. This does not have to be pretty, it does not have to impress. Make it a point to dance silly. After a few songs you have gotten your heartbeat up, broken a sweat, and had some fun. What is better than that?
- Exercise Challenge– have a family challenge to see who can do the most sit-ups, push ups, jumping jacks, and other traditional exercises in two minutes each day. Two minutes every day adds up! (Try making up a new exercise to add to the challenge- it adds creativity and makes kids want to participate even more).
- Animal Interpretations– have the kids act out certain animals and see if another person can guess what it is.
- Yoga (asanas)– most kids love doing yoga. And if they don’t at first, they usually learn to love it after they get started. Here is a link to a 3 minute morning yoga practice.
One thing that really helps to motivate kids to do physical exercise is for parents and guardians to do some activity with them. This not only physical benefits our children but it also helps parents to stay active, helps build relationships and helps with overall mood! So be creative, take a few minutes with your kids, and get started having fun, a.k.a. exercise.