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5 Healthy Activities to Get Your Kids Moving

Posted by: NJ Kids Contributors - March 28, 2016

Fun Ways To Get Your Kids Moving And Feeling Great 

You want to teach your kids healthy habits, but you don't want to bore them with a lecture. They're not going to listen to that anyway. Instead of making nutrition, exercise and health a chore you have to fit in between school and extra curricular activities, find fun ways to get your kids moving and feeling great about their health. If you're not sure where to start, consider the following ideas:

Indoor Yoga

Bring some peace and zen to your home with an indoor yoga practice suited for the entire family, kids included. With OM at Home from Yoga Kids you can do just that. The at-home program empowers kids and teaches them important skills, including how to deal with their feelings, how to manage stress, how to care for their bodies and how to connect with others. If you don’t know much about yoga, the program helps you out along the way, teaching you the basics of yoga practice.

Count Steps

It’s hard to resist the temptation to be lazy on your days off from school and work. But to stay in tip-top shape, you and your entire family have to get moving. Take a walk around the neighborhood, go to a local park to play or see who can run up and down the stairs the fastest. Even if the weather is bad, you can count your steps indoors with the help of a fitness tracker. Many smartphones and devices like the Samsung Gear S2 offer health tracking options to keep track of data and health metrics. Make it a competition between your entire family and see who can accumulate the most steps throughout the day.

Play Red Light, Green Light

Spend an afternoon playing a fun game of red light, green light at home. Use a long hallway or open space in your backyard to play the game. You know how it goes: on "green light," the kiddos will race to the finish line, but when you say “red light,” they have to stop in their tracks. This fun, competitive game gives them a little exercise, making it a great indoor game for cold days.

Make a Healthy Treat

After all this exercise, your kids need a healthy and delicious snack to keep their energy up. Take the time to cook up something healthy with your kids to pass the time. Healthy Eating suggests a handful of kid-friendly and nutritional snacks. For example, you can make ants on a log with celery, peanut butter and raisins, or you can go for veggie wraps, fresh fruit burritos, hummus or frozen banana pops. For the full recipes to these tasty treats, visit the Healthy Eating website.

Remember Mental Health

Being healthy is about more than being in shape. Your kids' mental health is also important for keeping them safe and happy. School, testing, friends and growing up can be stressful after all. Encourage your kids to find ways to reduce their stress and feel content. Whether it's meditation, sports, music or art, try different activities that help them feel calm and confident.

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Posted by: NJ Kids Contributors| March 28, 2016
Categories:  Kid's Health & Safety
Subcategories:  Kids Health
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