As adults, we know how hard it is to get motivated to workout. We are tired, have errands to run, and a million things on our plates. Although we have these schedules, we make time because we know how important our health is, and how amazing we feel when we’re working out.
Now, imagine trying to explain this all to a child – the health benefits, how good you feel; unfortunately that will not grab their attention. What will is an engaging activity that is fun, builds self-esteem, and is tailored just for them!
According to the CDC, children and adolescents should get at least 60 min, or more, of exercise a day. This sounds like a lot, but running around and playing incorporates this already. Being a mom, aunt, godmother, or mentor in a child’s life, you can help these kids keep active at the same time you are! As luck would have it, the 3 types of recommended activity for children and adolescents are very similar to what we need as adults: Aerobic, Muscle Strengthening, and Bone Strengthening!
Kid’s Exercise: Aerobic
For kids, activities like walking, running, jumping, or something more fun, like Zumba Kids, are ideal aerobic workouts. Walk to the store with your child instead of driving. Jump on the trampoline or play a game of hopscotch.
This program, through Bootique Fitness, is the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans, where they can play, move and be loud – just for the fun of it! This program features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids moving. It’s all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to just be yourself and dance like no one’s watching! Not only will this activity be healthy for your children, but it will create higher self-esteem and confidence!
Kid’s Exercise: Muscle Strengthening
Don’t worry; your child won’t be bench pressing 200lbs! Muscle strengthening exercises like gymnastics and push-ups are fun exercises for muscles. Stronger muscles will help prevent injuries (well, some; they are still kids!). Go for a bike ride or inline skating, or play tug-of-war with your child. You’ll both be “lean and mean” in no time!
Kid’s Exercise: Bone Strengthening
Children are building up their bones and muscles at this stage – make it more fun with running and jumping rope with your children! Playing “tag” involves running, as well as “Hide and seek”, or running your own personal races – mom/aunt against child. No breaking bones around your parts with these fun exercises.
Kids like to have fun. Try different activities with your child, and see what sticks. Once exercise it made fun for a child, they’ll play all day! Happy moving!
Our Zumba Kids classes start on April 22nd. Get more information here.