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4 Ways to Include Your Kids in Your Workouts

Engage your kids in your fitness routines and set them up for a healthy, active lifestyle. Get-Fit Guy has 4 tips on how to include your kids in your workouts - and have a ton of fun!

By
Ben Greenfield
April 29, 2014
Episode #183

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Tip #3: Play "Follow the Leader"

Whether we’re at the mall, the zoo, walking to the library, strolling through an airport, or exploring a park, Follow the Leader is a fun fitness game that our children often spontaneously announce has begun.

The rules are simple: once the game begins, everyone behind the leader must do exactly what the leader does, including:

  • Walking backwards

  • Crawling

  • Hopping or climbing over obstacles

  • Sliding sideways

  • Twisting and turning

  • Broad jumping

  • Lunging

  • Balancing

This is a fun game that can be done anywhere – with the only risks being funny looks from other people. This game is also a great build-up to more intense workouts, such as doing “fitness exploring” park circuits, which we’re currently doing with the kids to prepare them for an upcoming Spartan race.

Tip #4: Keep Your Creative Wheels Churning

When it comes to even more ideas to keep your kids excited about fitness, there is a multitude of additional resources you can use in addition to what you’ve just learned. Some of my favorites include:

  • MyKidsAdventures.com, a blog that includes step-by-step instructions and ideas for activities such as Photo Scavenger Hunts, Glow-In-The-Dark Home Bowling, and Backyard Treasure Adventures.

  • CrossFitKids.com for child-friendly workouts. For example, today’s Elementary level workout of the day was doing as many rounds as possible of:

50-meter run
10 body weight squats
10 box jumps

There are of course many other resources, but I’ve found each of those listed above to be dependable, fun, and creative!

Since our kids were born, we’ve also used jogging strollers for uphill sprint repeats and runs and pool kickboards for the kids to kick beside us when we swim laps. We also have mini kettlebells and mini medicine balls at home for the kids to join in our living room workouts.

If you have more questions about how to include your kids in your workouts, or want to share your own workout ideas, then leave your questions and join the discussion over at Facebook.com/GetFitGuy.

Family jogging and stability training images courtesy of Shutterstock. 

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