An article on what kinds of exercise you can do with your children written by Stacy Cacciatore. She categorized children of different ages into groups and gives advice on exercise that’s suitable for that particular age group.
As I’m focusing on young children of ages 6-12 for the health brief, her suggested exercise are as follows:
While a 6-year-old may be too big for a jogging stroller, he can participate in a supervised work out. My family started a game night this summer, and it was going really well for the first several weeks, until we all got tired of Connect 4, Battleship and playing the Wii.
One night we decided to do something different and have family fitness night instead. We all strapped on our helmets and hopped on our bikes for a trip around the neighborhood and the local park. At first my suggestion was met with myriad complaints, but after our ride my son asked, "Can we do this every night?”
Biking with the kids not only got us all active, but it was a great opportunity to teach safety rules, show the kids around the neighborhood and have fun after a long day of work and school.
Ages 11 and up
Children may be old enough to join their parents on runs and keep up the pace. Girls on the Run Charlotte is a great organization promoting healthy living and self-esteem to preteen girls. By getting involved in Girls on the Run, adults can be a part of encouraging fitness for their child, as well as themselves.
Let Me Run is a nonprofit program aimed at strengthening boys in body and spirit. Running and group activities equip them with tools to lead a balanced and fulfilling life — emotionally, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
Families can sign up for local 5Ks or Family Fun Run events. This allows parents and children to set a goal, practice with training and accomplish completing a race together. These activities also give children and parents a sense of accomplishment and teaches children to practice to achieve a goal.
Exercising with children can be fun and beneficial for everyone involved. It will not only improve a child’s health, but it will create memories to share for years to come.“