If you were to tell most kids that they could get a great workout by pounding the pavement and running a few miles, they would look at you like you are crazy. Then they would tell you they are not interested. Why? Well, for one, kids are not concerned about bettering their health or getting in better shape. Nor should they be. Kids just want to be kids and have fun. In fact, most kids find traditional exercise boring and I guess I cannot blame them. So why not break the boredom and show your kids just how to get their sweat on and have fun with these great workouts?!
1 Quick Workout with Kids
Growing up in a fit household, my kids always wanted to work out, but I get that it is not the norm. However, kids want to be like their parents so set a great example and bond by working out together. Check out this video to help you get started!
2 Kids as Resistance
Did you know making your kids part of your workout can be as simple as having them go on your back as you do pushups or perform lunges? This will add some resistance to an exercise while also making it even more fun!
3 Park Exercises
As you take your kids to the park and they climb the jungle gym, swing away and go down the slide, you look at all the fitness options. Check out the video as I show you how you can use a simple park bench as part of your workout. The possibilities are endless with a little childlike imagination.
4 Plyos as Child’s Play
Plyometric exercises are great to work your core and push your body more than traditional exercise. Add a kid into the mix and they think this is pure bouncing fun! Perform some starbursts, jump squats and even jump lunges!
5 Bootcamp with Kids
Bootcamp is not just for the military but for the everyday person looking to get in their best shape. Challenge a child to perform Bootcamp and it becomes a friendly competition of the battling of ages. Try this with your children while explaining the importance of exercise to get stronger and live longer!
I am not going to lie, I truly love pushups because they help tone, tighten and strengthen your upper body and core. But I find it humorous when I see my kids performing pushups and actually enjoying this. If your kids are younger, tote them on your back and use them as a little resistance!
7 Teach Them Something New
Kids love learning new things and experiencing things for the first time. Show your child how to perform a burpee and they can bring this exercise to their friends. Life lessons start in childhood so make a change in your child’s life as you get in better shape!
With these endless possibilities in how you can get fit with your child, learn to think outside the box as you get your fit on. Are you ready to get fit and have fun with your little ones?
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