13+ Ways to Get Your Young Kids Active

As we mentioned in our last post, our bodies have a tendency to desire less activity as the temperatures drop. But what does that mean for our kids?

Teaching kids healthy habits can never start too soon. Overweight toddlers at age 2 are five times as likely to still be overweight at age 12, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. What’s more, the number of overweight children and adolescents from age 2 to 19 has doubled or even tripled over the past 30 years.

The good news is most classic kids’ games are physical and need no equipment—and they won’t feel like work. Here's 13 we've thought of:
  • Hide and Seek
  • Hopsctoch
  • Kickball
  • Musical Chairs
  • Follow the Leader
  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Jump Rope
  • Red Light Green Light
  • Ring Around the Rosie
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Simon Says
  • Tag (Freeze Tag and TV Tag work, too!)
  • Throw a Frisbee or Ball
These can all be active-play games, and most work for indoors or out. (If you’ve forgotten the rules, a quick Google or YouTube search can refresh your memory.)

And if you do own such equipment as scooters, bicycles or skateboards, these are all fun ways to get active. Just be sure to use protective equipment such as helmets and kneepads.

What are your favorite games to play with your young children? First two to answer will receive a GMC fitness kit!


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