Considering the reports from the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, less than 34% of the girls and only 50% of boys are fit; with unfit one more prone to cardiovascular and chronic disease.
Spending too much time on screens and gadgets is also the reason for the rise of disease among kids.
However, you can buck the trend by encouraging kids to change their lifestyle and to get more into exercise. Kids should enjoy physical exercises like skipping, jumping and running.
If you want your kids to get out of the gadgets, we have rounded some best and interesting exercises tailored for kids. Have a look at them:
The Simplest One- Hula Hoops
While you won’t consider hula hoop as an exercise, it makes a great cardio workout that helps in improving coordination, focus and concentration. Besides, it’s a fun way to increase awareness, build aerobic capacity and to elevate your mood.
Spinning it regularly for at least 30 minutes will bring your glutes, thighs, abs and lower back in shape. The continuous push-pull motion will stretch muscles and will increase blood flow.
Planks help in finding the centre of gravity and helps you improve coordination. It’s a core strengthening exercise that will help kids enhance their core muscles and improved metabolism. Since plank challenges the entire body, it will kids active throughout the day.
Ask kids to lie on the ground with the elbows touched to the floor and tips of toes slightly raised. Make sure to keep the back straight and abs in line. Let them in the same position for at least 30 seconds.
With umpteen physical and mental benefits, martial art is one of the best exercises for kids. The regular practise sessions will make your kid confident, increase focus and resilience and will also improve self-regulation among kids.
Martial art or self-defence classes for kids will increase core strength and balance among kids. It will also improve hand-eye coordination and will foster a sense of calmness among kids.
Ideal for increasing flexibility, minimizing inflammation and improving bone strength, swimming makes an excellent exercise for kids. The best part- kids love them! Since you will be doing stretch and pull in the water, you will be able to do more flexible strokes.
It helps in strengthening heart muscles, improving asthma symptoms and more. In addition, you will feel a sense of relaxation, similar to the one you can achieve when doing yoga. Combine swimming with the deep rhythmic breathing, and you will experience a peace and relaxation rush.
Tennis is great for increasing self-confidence. It helps to build teamwork and is great for strategy. Tennis also helps in improving flexibility and balance. It’s great for improving hand-eye coordination and for fine motor control.
Kids who rock climb are the fittest athletes. Rock climbing helps in building strength and make an ideal workout for building arm and muscle strength. Besides, the climbers will have positive effects on self-esteem, depression as well as on anxiety.
Wrestling offers the same benefits as that of martial art; however, the only difference is that wrestling focus on two fighters only. It makes a great workout for learning self-defense skills and self-regulation moves. Besides it aids in building personal responsibility among kids. And the best part, you won’t need any special gear in wrestling.
Gymnastics are for everything; it’s the fittest of all athletes. Encouraging kids to do gymnastic will help them gain coordination, flexibility, self-defense and aids in improved cognitive function. It’s best for improving core strength and makes the best overall workout.
Since kids will be flipping, rolling and twirling all the time, gymnastics won’t feel like following a strict exercise regime.
So, this completes some of the most interesting exercises; let your kids find the one that entices them and encourage them to do!