Sometimes, weather prevents us from getting out and getting as active as we would like to be. If you live in a climate that doesn’t always allow your child to get out and enjoy some exercise, don’t worry. Instead, take a look below at some indoor activities that keep children fit that you can try. When you give these indoor activities a try, you will find that keeping kids active indoors is not only possible, but fun too! Here is how you can get started.
Fun Indoor Fitness Activities for Kids
Hula hooping can help children strengthen their core muscles as well as strengthen their coordination. Take a few hula hoops, put on some fun and fast paced music, and let your children start hooping. See who can hula hoop the longest without letting the hoop drop. Children can also lay the hoop flat on the ground and jump in and out of the hoop to music. Smaller children might enjoy using the hula hoop as a jump rope, while older children can try balancing the hoop on their arms, knees, and even head.
You can find mini trampolines at most retail stores and even second hand stores. They can help get heart rates up and get kids moving in a way that feels like fun. To use a mini trampoline in your home, allow children to get on (one at a time) and jump to the music. Once they get warmed up, they can try doing high jumps, tucking their knees as they jump, or even spinning round. Jumping on the mini trampoline will strengthen leg muscles and help children put their whole body to work.
Would you have ever thought that balloons could help children stay active? Well they can! To do this activity, blow up an assortment of balloons. Put on the music and have children pass the balloons back and forth, smack them into the air, and balance them in their palm while walking. You can also do a popping contest to see who can pop their balloon using their body. These activities are sure to get little bodies moving and heart rates up!
Last but not least, if you have a game console on hand, why not try one of the many dance games offered for kids? Games such as Just Dance are perfect for helping kids get active and move their bodies to the beat. Kids will feel like they are dancing, but in reality they will be strengthening their core and working up a sweat. If you don’t have a game console, just put on some high energy music and let kids dance to the beat. They will love whirling and twirling and it won’t even feel like exercise.
When trying out any of these activities, you should aim for 30 minutes at a time, twice a day. This is long enough for children to reap the benefits of these activities without getting bored or burned out. Should they want to go for longer, go for it! These activities are safe even if children want to enjoy them for a longer duration. For older children, you can adapt the activities to their needs. For example they can try using several hula hoops at once, or hold small hand weights while they dance and jump. Adapt the activities to their needs so you can make the most of the activity.
As you can see, keeping kids active indoors doesn’t need to be tricky, time consuming, or expensive. Give these tips for keeping kids active indoors a try and see how easy it can be to get them the exercise that their little bodies need while still having fun.