5 Ways to Make Exercise Fun for Kids – Hotaling Imports

Nov 08, 2017


Most children and adults spend too much time on sedentary activities. It’s important to show your child that physical activity is a necessary and enjoyable part of your daily life. Fortunately, you don’t have to drag your kid to the gym (they’re most likely too young for that), and neither do you have to spend a lot of money on props. Here are 5 tips to make exercise fun for kids.

1. Invent a Silly Dance

You might feel self-conscious about dancing in your home, but your kids will love it. Babies might not be able to dance themselves, but they love being carried around as you jiggle through the living room. As soon as they’re able to walk, they will love trying out some dance moves on their own. To make the most of this, you should put on some upbeat music that you like and encourage the kids to join in. They probably won’t be able to resist.

When it comes to dancing, there really aren’t any rules. Even if you have no sense of rhythm, you can just do a silly dance to have fun. A nice side effect is that it will get your heartrate up, too, and most likely, everyone will have a good laugh as well.

2. Play a Pretend Game

What if you have a child who really hates exercises of any kind? There is still hope for you. Most kids loving playing pretend games. Instead of announcing a physical activity, you can get them engaged by playing pirates or princesses. Princesses must learn how to ride a horse, curtsey to the king, and dance with the noblemen. Pirates go on adventures where they capture people and dig up treasure. They may also learn sword fighting. 

You can let your imagination run wild here, and your child can help come up with things to do, too. You can even get dress-up clothes to complete the illusion. We have a beautiful line of costumes from Liontouch that will submerge you into this new world.

3. Get Outside

One of the easiest ways to get your kids moving is to go outside with them. It’s almost impossible to be inactive outdoors as a child, because there is so much to do and explore. If your kids have tired of playing in the backyard, you could go for a walk in your neighborhood or go on a hike in a nearby park. Your kids can ride their bikes or tricycles on the sidewalk.

You can encourage your children to find treasures, whether that’s beautiful flowers or pretty rocks. You can take them to a playground, or they can climb trees at a park. If you have the opportunity, you could encourage them to garden with you, where they can help you plant flowers or vegetables. You could even go outside after dinner and count the stars or just explore the backyard with a flashlight.

In most cases, you don’t even have to come up with more than one activity. Once the kids are outside, they’ll naturally find things to do. They may pretend to be stranded on an island, or they may enjoy learning how to skip. 

4. Play a Game as a Family

Kids love to run around and be active, but they don’t necessarily do that when told do. Instead, you can instigate family games that will get the kids moving. Even very young children can play a friendly game of soccer in the yard. You can also play tag, hide-and-seek, or catch. 

Older kids may prefer games like volleyball, basketball, baseball, badminton, or tennis. Many of these can be played to some extend in the backyard, but you can also find room to do this at a public park nearby. If you want to delight kids of all ages, then you should bring out the water balloons. A water balloon fight will have everyone running and laughing in no time.

5. Invite Some Friends

One child can easily get bored and come to you as the parent for guidance on entertainment. As soon as there are other kids involved, most of them will naturally get active. They may play tag or hide-and-seek together. They may also pretend to be animals and jump or crawl around on the floor. You could even blow up some balloons and let them play volleyball in their room. While it can be taxing to have additional children at your house, it’s a great way to get your kids moving. 



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