Is your child about as interested in the idea of working out as he is in doing math homework on a Saturday morning? The good news is there are some fun ways to get your child movin'.
In fact, some schools are even getting in on the act and upping the ante on their phys ed classes. The idea is to focus on individual challenges instead of team competitions. In other words, ditch dodgeball for skateboarding. Be on the lookout. You might soon see individual sports such as inline skating, mountain biking and even ice skating popping up at your child's school.
Experts agree that a child gets more out of an individual sport like skateboarding — and it stays with him far longer in life — than a group activity such as the ever-popular schoolyard game, dodgeball. With a nationwide obesity crisis, educators and parents are looking for any and all creative ways to move kids from the couch to the concrete.
So why not follow suit at home? A child is far more likely to want to go outside and imitate Tony Hawk (helmet, pads and all, of course) than he is to willingly run around the track or do sit-ups.
Pad up, people! Skateboarding is a great way for a child to burn calories, not to mention build muscle and strengthen his core area. What you'll need for a beginner: Skateboard, helmet, elbow and knee pads.
Over the past few years, rock walls have popped up at parks and recreational facilities. For a nominal fee, your child will work every last one of his muscles as he attempts to scale a wall (no easy feat).
Finally, video games a parent will encourage his child to play. The Wii sports and fitness games encourage kids to move all parts of their body while simulating sports like tennis and exercise like aerobics and fitness courses.
This one might be a bit harder to sell your child on, but if you're a yogi, it can be something you can do together. Or if you've never tried it before, make yoga something you and your child experience for the first time together. What you'll need: A mat and a beginner yoga instructional video. Or sign up for a family yoga class.
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