Working Out With Your Kids
It’s not just your kids who need to stay active. Healthy adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Here are three suggestions for being physically active with your kids:
A family-friendly 5K race
These races are usually for a good cause, so your kids can be excited and inspired to not only be active, but also to give back to the community. Try walking and jogging with your kids, or pushing a stroller while you do your own thing.
Small children love dancing, regardless of the music choice. Take this opportunity to dance with them. It doesn’t matter if you look silly because you will both be having fun, and dancing is a great way to burn calories.
Play a video game
So this one sounds counter-intuitive. But view it as a “once in a while” event. Family game night can be a new source of exercise with games such as XBox Kinect or Nintendo Wii. Wii Fit games are designed to exercise the whole body.
Redwood City’s Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009) and Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007).