4 Ways to Celebrate Exercise with Your Child Week
Pull yourself away from all the Olympics action and round up the family for a workout. August 5 through 11, 2012 is Exercise with Your Child Week, an opportunity for parents or guardians to get active with their kids as a way to boost physical and mental health. According to national guidelines, kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity daily, while adults should strive for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. Here are four ways to get active together.
Take a class. From Zumba to Pilates to CrossFit, many of the group fitness classes you love are now being offered for youngsters. Check out Innovative Kids’ Fitness Classes for ideas and then search online to find opportunities in your area.
Pedal together. Whether your tot’s on a tricycle, riding with training wheels or has graduated to a big kid bicycle, family bike rides can be a fun way to stay fit. Read Teach a New Bike Rider and learn how to help your child love cycling as much as you do.
Hit up a national park. An out-of-the-box experience, like a kayak tour or Civil War–style boot camp training, might be only a short drive away. Check out the website for the nearest national park and see what family fitness opportunities are on schedule this summer.
Go for a group run. If they’ve sat down with you to watch the Olympic marathon and track events, your kids probably have an itch to run. Scan these tips for how to introduce children to running and then hit the pavement!
Related: Help Your Kids Commit to Being Fit
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