If you want your children to live a healthy life, it is important for you to give them a strong base. What they will learn from you will go a long way. It will also allow them to develop a time management habit. It’s important that you take the time to plan out plenty of physical activities for your children.
You will also want to teach them about the benefits of staying active and eating healthy. Below are five simple things that you and your children can do every morning. This will help to ensure that your family gets some daily exercise.
1. Start with the stretches
Each morning you can start off with a few simple” easy stretches. It does not have to be very complicated at all. You can have your kids simple do some arm and leg stretches. Spend about ten minutes each day stretching to get the muscles loose and to start your morning exercise routine. To help educate your children on the importance of stretching you can do a bit of research online and share the information with them.
2. Morning trail rides
If you do a little research on the area where you live you may be able to find some really nice bike riding trails. It may require a little bit of work to load up the bikes into the car if the trail is some distance away but it will be worth it. Of course you will not be able to continue this during the winter months but from Spring to Fall a nice morning trail ride can be a lot of fun.
3. Jumping Jack to wake up the muscles
Jumping jacks in the morning with the kids can be a lot of fun. In addition to the fact that it will not take a lot of time either. During the winter months it is more difficult to get outside for some exercise. So having a back up plan with some indoor exercises is really a good idea. This way you can make sure that the kids keep moving. Start with a simple number of jumping jacks each morning and then you can increase by five each week.
4. Jump squats in the living room
If you have a jump rope you can easily lay the rope down in the middle of the room stretching it out. Then you and your children can jump back and forth over the line from one end of the rope to the other. This is really a lot of fun and will get them moving as well. Even older kids can enjoy this challenge especially if you make it a timed type of activity. You can have each child try to beat the best time. You can even keep a chart so that you can see the progress that everyone makes each week.
5. Winter walk about
Even in the snow a walk can give plenty of exercise and really be a lot of fun. Especially if there is plenty of snow covering the ground. You will have a really hard time getting the kids to stay indoors anyway when there is snow on the ground. I have found it to be a good idea to have the kids do their school work first before going out in the snow. The benefit of this is that the children will not be too exhausted to complete their school work.
So as you can see there are plenty of ways that children can get the daily exercise that they need. All it takes is a little bit of forethought on your part. Of course you will also have to be involved in the process as well.