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4 Unique Activities that Give Kids Exercise and Entertainment

Around 17% of American children are obese, which is a serious problem. Sadly, many of these children do not get any exercise or get very limited exercise, which can greatly contribute to and worsen their struggles with weight. The good news is that there are many wonderful and entertaining activities that can enable children to have fun and exercise at the same time, which can help them to maintain a healthier weight.

Bike Rides

What child doesn’t love riding bikes? And, not only do kids love this activity, but it can also cause them to burn almost 200 calories per hour. If the child in your life is a little reluctant, make the whole process fun. Allow the child to pick out a new bike or, if you’re short on cash, to customize an older bike. If the child can make the bike his own, he’ll be more likely to use it. If necessary, offer to go bike riding right along with the child. After all, exercise is always more fun with more than just one person.

Backyard Volleyball

Would you like to see your child running, jumping, and getting some arm exercise all at the same time? If so, then volleyball is a great option. This sport uses all of the body’s muscle groups, burns plenty of calories, and is a lot of fun. Some companies, such as Cobra Sports International, know that you don’t have to join a gym or buy expensive equipment to enjoy volleyball. You can get a very affordable backyard volleyball net, install it easily, and then have hours of calorie-burning fun the whole family can enjoy.

Active Video Games

If you have a child who loves video games and who isn’t too keen on going outside, you can “give in” a little and let your child play some active video games. While video games maybe aren’t the ideal way to exercise, there are some out there that will do the trick. The Wii system, for example, has games that simulate tennis, basketball, and more and that require real movement. There are even some systems that have exercise games…but it might take a little more convincing to get kids into those. It’s possible though, especially if you join in and make it fun.

Try a Dance Class

One final thing you can try is enrolling your child in a dance class. The group setting and the fun can make this an enjoyable way for kids to exercise. If you can’t sell your child on dance specifically, look into other fun, active classes, such as karate or gymnastics.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get kids up and moving. Try out these ideas, or come up with some of your own. No matter what you do, your child will be better off in multiple ways if you can simply get him or her more active on a more regular basis.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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