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8 Sneaky Ways to Keep Kids Moving

May 04, 2020 12:07PM ● By Erin M., Sanford Health

Author:  Erin M., Sanford Health 

As a parent, you can help kids incorporate physical activity throughout the day without having to “exercise.” Physical activity doesn’t have to be completed in a school P.E. class, on the playground or even at the gym pumping iron. Use these eight easy ways to encourage kids to be more active throughout the day. 
1. Dance and dress 
Encourage your kids to energize first thing in the morning by cranking up the tunes in their room and dancing while getting dressed. 
2. Move while waiting 
Throughout the day while kids are waiting, encourage them to stand up and sway from side to side, pace, perform arm circles or other movements. 
3. Switch up your bike ride or walk  

Make your bike ride or walk around your neighborhood an adventure. Play “I Spy” or do a scavenger hunt and look for items like pinecones, leaves and flowers.  

4. Daily stretches 
Re-energize your kids by doing some stretches mid-morning and mid-afternoon. They can be as simple as touching your toes or as complex as balancing on one leg with your hands folded at your chest. 
5. Take the long way 
Regardless of where you’re headed, take your kids on the longest route to increase the number of steps they take. Add in a fun element by having them crouch down, penguin waddle, walk on their tiptoes or other imaginative movements. 
6. Stairs, stairs and more stairs 
In addition to taking the long way, take the stairs whenever possible. Better yet, if there are stairs outside, take breaks and get outside for fresh air that will reinvigorate your kids while they are moving their bodies. 
7. Stand up 
Encourage kids to stand up whenever possible during the day. Allow kids the option to stand while reading or working on an assignment. 
8. Chores challenge 
Help kids to find sneaky ways to move more while doing their chores. Make it fun! Put on some music and encourage them to dance while they clean their room or help wash the car. Suggest that every time they finish a chore, they do five high jumps, sit-ups or frog jumps. 


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