Fun Exercises You Can Try at Home with your Kids

Fun Exercises You Can Try at Home with your Kids

Happy Mother’s Day!

To celebrate, I have an awesome Guest Post from Helen Sanders of HealthAmbition.com

Helen reached out to me recently with the offer to write a guest post, and since this is a great one for Moms and Kids to do together, it seemed like a perfect Mother’s Day post =)

I know you’ll all have fun trying the exercises with your kids!
~ Rebecca

fun exercises to try with your kids

fun exercises you can try at home with your kids

Fun Exercises You Can Try at Home with your Kids

We all know that exercising is important. It helps you to reach or maintain a healthy weight, which lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other serious conditions. It also helps you to age better by keeping your bones strong and reducing your risk of osteoporosis.

It’s not just your body that benefits from exercise, either—your mind does too! Exercise helps put you in a better mood because it produces endorphins (the “feel-good” hormones). It doesn’t matter how old you are, we could all benefit from exercise.

As mothers, though, we constantly make excuses for not working out—we’re either busy watching the kids, cooking, cleaning or too tired from working all day. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! There are ways to work out with your kids, allowing you all to reap the benefits of exercise, have fun, de-stress, spend less time in front of a screen and bond.

You may think it’ll be a mission to drag your kids away from their toys or electronics, but kids like to feel like they’re doing “adult things” and they like to try new things, too, so you may be able to convince them to join you. When my kids see me work out, they join right in—and we all enjoy it. I make sure that I let them go at their own pace, but I do help them get the right form. Exercising with and around your kids definitely motivates and sets a good example for them too.

To make it easier for you, we found four fun exercises you can try at home with your kids. These exercises will make you feel like you’re putting in some real effort, but they are simple enough for your kids to do.

1) Burpees

Burpees are one of the most popular exercises today—and for good reason. The great thing about burpees is that they give you a full-body workout. Each burpee works your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings and abs. On top of that, they help you to burn a lot of calories.

To do a proper burpee, you need to get into a squat position but place your hands and the floor in front of you. Then, kick your feet back so you land in a push-up. Finally, lift your chest up and return back to the starting position.

Burpees can be very challenging—for both kids and adults. So make sure your kids know how to do them properly and go at their own pace.

2) Hula-hooping 

What’s more fun than hula-hooping? This is something you and your kids will enjoy. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of hula-hooping, but once you do, you can begin using it as a fun workout.

Hula-hooping strengthens your spine and stomach muscles. It also improves your hand-eye coordination and motor skills. You can even burn over 400 calories per hour hula-hooping (and even more if you use your arms and legs).

You can challenge your kids to a little friendly competition, seeing who can keep the hoop up the longest or who can walk and hula-hoop the fastest.

3) Mountain Climbers

When an exercise has a fun name, kids will want to do it even more. That’s why I think the mountain climber exercise is a great one for them to participate in. Mountain climbers work out your hamstrings, quads, obliques, triceps, biceps and hip abductors.

To do this exercise, get into a plank position with your hips low and hands flat on the floor. Then, bring one of your knees in towards your chest without bringing your hips up. Alternate your legs as quickly as possible. There are many variations of this exercise you can try with your kids. For example, you can cross your legs bringing your left knee towards the right side of your chest.

4) Butterfly Kicks

Butterfly kicks (AKA flutter kicks) are very simple, yet effective. To do this exercise, lie flat on your back, with your legs together and extended straight out. Tighten your abs and lift your feet slightly above the ground, followed by your head and shoulders. Finally, begin the flutter kicks by lifting one leg at a time and bringing it back to its original position. This works out your abs and hips. 


Sources:

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/exercise-wise.html

http://www.12minuteathlete.com/burpees-are-awesome/

https://hoopnotica.com/blogs/stay-in-the-hoop/15471071-the-benefits-of-hula-hooping-aka-why-you-should-start-hooping-for-fitness-today

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-flutter-kicks-exercise-on-your-body/#gref

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