A new study found that kids who get extra physical activity tend to pay more attention in school. They also perform better in subjects like reading and math. During the cold winter months, it can be difficult to get your child off the couch. Finding unique and exciting ways to incorporate physical activities into their day will get kids excited to work up a sweat.
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Below are some tips from Kilian Saekel, co-founder of a tech-based gaming system called ROXs, on fun, physical activities that kids can do indoors.
New twists on old games
Play your family’s favorite card or board games, but add a physical twist to them. For example, while playing Go Fish if you ask for a card that no one has you have to do a set amount of sit ups or pushups.
Chores can be fun
Turn doing household chores into a workout. Play music and encourage kids to dance around while completing tasks. You can also have kids race against each other to complete tasks. The losing team has to do laps around the living room.
Set up stations around the living room, like jump rope, weights and hula hoop and have kids cycle through them setting a timer that lets them know when it’s time to rotate. This keeps kids interested in the activities since there are various stations to go to and they only do them for a short amount of time before moving on.
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Use technology to get kids excited
Kids love technology and nowadays there are various apps and games that aim to get kids off the couch. NFL Play 60 app and ROXs 2s are both good options to get kids excited about burning off calories and sugar from holiday goodies.
Turn reading books or watching movies into a game
While reading or watching a movie, pick a word that is frequently repeated and assign an activity to it. For example, if reading Green Eggs and Ham, every time the word egg is said you have to jump up and down three times. If ham is said, you have to touch your toes.
Turn your house into a sports arena
Play indoor-friendly versions of your child’s favorite sports. Try hallway soccer or indoor volleyball with a balloon. Get a behind-the-door basketball hoop. The possibilities are endless.