Family Fitness Tips

Posted by Golden on August 14th, 2010

Having physical exercises as a family is a fun way of keeping fit. This is especially true when you find it boring doing fitness regimes all by your self. Walking, playing, and running in the backyard or using playground equipment at a local park can be fun for the entire family. There are also activities you can do to encourage your child to play with friends who are his or her age.

?play games such as follow the leader, mix it up with jumping, hopping and walking backward.

?kick a ball back and forth or set up a goal for your child.

?practice hitting a ball off a T-ball stand.

?play freeze dance or freeze tag.

?practice balance by pretending to be statues.

Your kids can be active even when they have to be indoors. Designate a play safe area and try some active inside games. Here are a few examples:

?Treasure hunt: you can hide ?treasures? throughout the house and provide clues of where they can be found.

?Obstacle course: you can set up an obstacle course with chairs, boxes, and tours for the kids to go over, under, through and around.

?Soft-balls: use soft foam balls to play indoor basketball or catch. You can even use balloons to play volley-ball or catch.

If your child refuses to play or join other children in sports or complains of pain after being active, it is a good idea to talk to your child?s doctor. Kids who enjoy sports and exercise tend to stay active throughout their lives. Staying fit can improve self-esteem, help a person maintain a healthy weight and decrease the risk of serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

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