The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted a lot of things, but the disruption is especially hard for kids, who don’t fully understand why they may be missing out on playdates, recess, P.E. class, team sports, and trips to the pool, park, or playground. That makes it more important than ever to teach them these fun exercises for kids, so they can stay active and burn off the excess energy they’d normally get out of their systems from playing with friends.
Fun Exercises for Kids
Family fun and fitness are our business here at Chester Skateland, because in addition to being fun, roller skating is fantastic exercise for people of all ages! Check out our schedule to see the upcoming sessions for the week, and remember to wear a mask. Masks are required by law at all times in our facility (except when socially distancing on the skating rink floor).
Roller skating provides an aerobic workout that is good for the heart, strengthens the back, core, and leg muscles, and can even help increase balance and agility. Of course, life is busy and you can’t always get to the skating rink, so check out these exercises for kids to use on the days when a visit to Chester Skateland isn’t in the cards.
Living Room Exercises
Even rainy days don’t have to keep your family from exercising. These 10 exercises for kids are easy to do indoors and can be done every day. Check out the video at the link if you’re not sure how to do each exercise.
- Jumping jacks
- High knee jacks
- High step marching
- Ski hops
- Running man
- Forward squats
- Swing backs
- Scissor kicks
- Side squats
If the weather allows, it’s always more fun to exercise outside! Researchers have even found that time spent in nature is beneficial to adults and kids when it comes to mood, stress levels, and mental health. The possibilities for backyard exercise are endless, but if your family needs some inspiration, these backyard exercise ideas can provide endless fun.
- Make an obstacle course. Some people use pool noodles with wooden pencils stuck in the ends as stakes to create hoops for kids to crawl under, or hurdles to jump over. You can also use laundry baskets, sidewalk chalk, or even log slices to add some adventure.
- Hang a basketball hoop, set up a volleyball or badminton net, or build your own soccer goal.
- If you have a swing set or play set that your kids have outgrown, see if you can update it to be more challenging and age-appropriate. Replace toddler swings with regular sling seats, swap the ladder out for a climbing rope or net, add monkey bars or a trapeze rig so older kids can work on their upper body strength while having fun.