Exercise that Feels More Like Fun

October 23rd, 2013 | By Marjie No Comments

35-animatedYou’ve all heard your mom and dad say, “When I was a kid, we didn’t stay inside … we went outside from dawn until dark and played, played, played!” Now, I’m one of those moms saying that.

And it’s true!

Next time your parents say, “Go outside! Get some fresh air! DO something!” what they’re really saying is, “We love you! We want you to enjoy life and the outdoors and fresh air and being healthy!” Here are some great ways to get exercise, all disguised as fun!

  • Pogo stick – How many times in a row can YOU jump without toppling? (My personal best is 27.)
  • Skateboarding and rollerblading – Strap on your safety gear and gain some skill and speed (just be sure you’re in a location that allows these activities).
  • Capture the Flag – Declare streets and driveways ‘off limits’ and watch the game grow as all the neighbors get involved!
  • H-O-R-S-E tournament – No, not with four-legged horses. With basketballs. Winner stays on the court and the game goes for as long as you want!
  • Jump rope – From moves like the ‘basic jump’ to the ‘crosswalk’ or the ‘can-can’ to the ‘grapevine,’ jumping rope is more than just hopping in one spot.
  • Who doesn’t love rolling down hills (and comparing grass stains at the bottom) … playing hopscotch … creating new versions of ‘tag’ with a big group of kids … and playing and climbing on the swings, slides, and jungle jim at the local park!?

So “Go outside! Get some fresh air! DO something!” In fact, invite your parents and friends to join you. You’ll get some great exercise and have fun at the same time.

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