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How to stay active with the kids?

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8 Aug 2016 - General
 

1. Have a weekly sports night.

Every Wednesday, for example, get everyone up and moving. One game to play is the fit-deck shuffle. Create a series of playing cards featuring family-friendly exercises, such as bear-crawling or ape-walking. Each family member picks a card and performs the exercise pictured until all the cards have been dealt. 

    2. Planking

    Put your elbows on the floor, raise up on the tips of your toes, and keep your back straight and your abs tight in a line. Hold that position  as long as you can. 30 seconds is pretty good if your kids can hold it that long.  

    3. Butterfly Kicks

    Lie on your back. Keeping your abs tight, raise your feet just barely off the floor and flutter-kick them. This one makes my girls giggle, which then makes their abs loosey-goosey, which makes it hard for them to do the exercise. But it’s fun all the same.

    4. Walk or run for charity.

    Model the value of exercise -- and of giving back to society -- by teaming up with your children for a fund-raising race. 

    5. Walk the dog

    Take the dog for a walk. If you don't have one of your own, ask to borrow a neighbour's or friend's dog and take it for a walk.

    6. Get on wheels 

    Go roller skating, rollerblading or skateboarding, indoors or outside. In winter, go ice skating. Kids also love scooters.

    7. Work together in the yard

    Raking leaves, planting flowers, trimming trees. After raking them into piles, give the kids child-sized rakes so they can help and have fun jumping in them, or take turns completely covering one another in leaves.

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