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My boys aren’t the most sports-oriented kids around. Sure they can go at it full force with the next kid if you’re talking about Super Mario Sluggers or any other type of Wii Sports games. But actual team sports? Not so much.
Ryan just started little league for the first time this year, so we’ll see how that goes. But for kids who love sitting around playing video games and watching YouTube all day, it’s even more important to get them up and moving.
Being active is a huge part of being healthy. There are plenty of resources and companies out there to make sure you and your kids stay healthy, such as Molina Healthcare. But there’s also plenty of things I can do as a parent to keep my boys healthy as well.
Making sure my kids eat right is important but exercise is real crucial too. So for you parents out there with non-sports-enthused kids, here are a few tips to consider to get your boys or girls up and about!
Try Individual Sports – If team sports aren’t right for your kids (maybe it’s all that waiting around?), look into more individualized sports like tennis, golf, or even swimming. My kids have been taking tennis and swimming lessons the past few years and love it. Try lessons or just grab some balls and racquets and hit the local school courts for a friendly game.
Neighborhood Walks – Now that the weather’s warming up (except for the still occasional snow!), my wife and I love heading out for a neighborhood walk with the kids. Great way to get some fresh air and fun conversation, all mixed in with family time and some exercise to boot!
Take a Hike – Allie and I love hiking and we happen to live in a an area with tons of fantastic trails. The kids love seeing all the different landmarks and animals in the wild, as well as following the trail blazes from tree to tree.
Geocaching – Okay, this one is more of a GPS treasure hunt, but it’s yet another way to get kids out in nature, walking around without even realizing they’re getting some exercise in.
Bike Rides – When I was a kid, I used to ride my bike everywhere. It’s just so much fun and really great exercise too. Jason’s pretty solid at riding now, but Ryan’s still trying to master his a bit. Once he does, Allie and I can’t wait to take the whole family to some local parks for long family rides!
How do you keep your kids active?