There are many things we can do at home to help cultivate and improve our children's health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we...
Here are some fun and easy exercises for children that can be incorporated into your family time together:
Home Olympics: Let the Games Begin!
Active Board Games
Active board games are among the many ways for children to exercise even on rainy days. Break out your old Twister game. Or, play "Yoga 4 Kids in the Rainforest," which teaches different yoga positions and how each position benefits the body (http://www.yoga4kids.us/boardgame.html).
Set a good example. Take your children for a walk or nature hike. Play catch with them in your back yard. Go for a bike ride or kick a soccer ball around a field together. Fly kites. The possibilities are endless. Best of all, this isn't just about exercise for children—it's about exercise for you, too.
Crank up your kids' favorite tunes and let them shake their booty. Dancing is great exercise, and a great way for children to burn off extra energy.
Turn your home into a playground to let children exercise even on the rainiest of days. Kids can play jump rope (if you have high ceilings), hula hoop games and hop scotch, using bean bags to mark a hop scotch board.
For more ideas...
The American Heart Association and the National Football League have teamed on a website, The Play 60 Challenge (http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3028650), which gives ideas for helping kids to be active. Activities are listed by age: Pre-K, K to Grade 2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. Since most of the fact sheets—such as exercises format, you'll need Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded free (http://get.adobe.com/reader/).
American Academy of Pediatrics
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