Kids are generally pretty active. As a stay-at-home mom and teacher, I can definitely attest to the incredible amount of energy my boys have. While we may have active kids that are full of energy, this doesn’t mean we automatically have healthy kids, so I’ve created some super fun, kinda silly exercises for kids to get them up and moving and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
With the rapidly-escalating increase of electronics usage, screen time and non-stop busyness in our children’s days, it’s often difficult find the time, desire, energy, or knowledge to stick to a fitness routine. Kids may be full of energy, but sometimes that energy is used in ways that do not give children the full benefits of a habitual, purposeful, structured exercise routine.
While I will not give a very specific routine, since these should be catered specifically to your child’s needs, I do want to share with you some of our very favorite silly exercises for kids. My boys found these hilarious and exciting. They hardy realized it was exercise, yet we were able to make the time more structured and purposeful.
You can do the exercises below in any order you wish. My recommendation is to consider your child’s age and abilities before setting up the routine. Start with a stretch or two then add one to three of the other exercises. Do each stretch or exercise 5 to 15 times, depending on the type of exercise. I would not exceed a 10 minute total workout, at least with younger ages. Keep it fairly light for younger kids or kids who were not previously very active.
These exercises, while structured, are simply meant to get kids moving, following a routine, and into the healthy habit of daily exercise. They are meant to take something that often feels like a chore and turn it into a fun family activity for the kids to look forward to each and every day. Let’s make health a habit and a priority!
Your kids do not need to do these exercises exactly perfect. In fact (shhhh, don’t tell), my boys did not do half of these quite how I’d envisioned them while we were recording for the video. If your kids find a way to do these exercises that still gives them a decent workout, won’t hurt them, and gives them enjoyment, that’s totally okay. You can even make some of your own exercises up or rename traditional exercises with super fun names!
Fun and Silly Exercises for Kids
These are truly so much fun, even for the big kids (aka parents). Below you will find the name of our exercise, an explanation of how to do it, and a time stamp for where to find that exact exercise in our video should you want to jump to a specific exercise for instructions.
A Bonus exercise included at the end is the “Super Exercise Kid.” It’s a bird…no, it’s a plane…no, it’s Super Exercise Kid! Have your child run around a chair while flapping his arms up and down like a bird’s wings and hopping a little. After a lap-and-a-half or so, ask him to run even faster with his arms stretched out to the sides like an airplane. Once he has completed these laps, he can jump with one arm in the air like a super hero and be proud of a job well done.
Ways to Incorporate Kid Fitness Into Your Daily Routine
These exercises are fun, but how will you implement them? Here are a few fun ways to add exercises to your healthy lifestyle:
- Work it into your after school routine (check out my upcoming post for a fun idea)
- Get the wiggles out in the morning while waiting for the bus
- Have a family exercise party (yes, parents, you need to get involved too!)
- Burn off some energy before bedtime (follow it with a calming bath or bedtime story to transition into sleep mode)
How will you incorporate exercising into your routine? Have any other fun exercise ideas to share? I want to hear from you!