We all want our children to be happy and healthy but getting them to be both in a balanced fashion is a nightmare sometimes. Most of us experience this because, for kids, happiness equals video games, apps, junk food and an overall sedentary lifestyle. It gets tougher and tougher to gets kids to be active these days. So, many of us are let no choice but to trick our children into exercising under the guise of a “fun activity.” The following is a few ideas that will help you get your kids to become more active without the fight:
- Laser Tag
- Martial Arts
- Relay Races
Laser tag might be the best option on the list because kids absolutely love it. The running and over all cardiovascular exercise they get out of it is great for helping them stay healthy. The only downside is that it can get pretty expensive to do this frequently.
Kids love to be in the pool. During the summer, kids will spend the better part of the day in the pool. Playing around in the pool / swimming is another great cardiovascular exercise that also provides resistance so not only will they get more fit they will get more strong as well. You can keep this up during the winter months too by finding a local indoor pool to become a member of.
Let’s face it, kids love to do things that they aren’t supposed to be doing. Fighting is a prime example. Why not tell them they get to go fight other kids on a daily to weekly basis with karate? This way they get what they want but they also get a great workout without even knowing it. Check out these Troy martial art birthday parties as an idea of what I mean!
This option may be a bit of a reach but it’s worth it to give it a shot anyway. Suggest to your kids that relay races are somewhat of an adventure or offer some prizes and/or incentives. Then they will get a very intense HIIT style cardio workout.