With television, video games, and computers a huge part of kids’ lives today, getting them to be active can sometimes be a challenge. Getting your kids to engage in exercise activities may be easier than you think, though, and has been shown to help them gain a more positive body image, enhance their academic performance, and decrease violence or aggressive behavior.  So what are some easy ways to get your kids some much needed exercise? Here are some helpful tips to try!
*When you are shopping, park a little further away from the entrance and walk briskly with your kids into the store.
*Ride your bikes! This can be a fun family activity. Ride your bike to the library, to the grocery store, or to the park.
*Take your dog for a walk. A fun way to exercise you, your dog, and your kids!
*Learn some dances! Maybe you and your kids could take a dance class. Not only will it stimulate brain activity, but you and your kids will be able to bond. You don’t even need a class – crank up the music in your living room and dance those calories away!
*Hide and seek, anyone? This classic children’s game is a fun way to get some physical activity in.
*Outside games are fun!! Hopscotch, jump rope, and tag are just some of the many outside games your kids can play. Encourage them to get outside a little bit and run around!
*Weekend outings: Take a hike, ride your bikes around some local state parks, or pack a picnic lunch with Frisbees or footballs to throw around.
With the winter weather now upon us, outside activities might not always work. Even so, there are lots of inside activities that you can do to promote physical activity with your children. Indoor rock climbing centers or indoor swim parks are some ideas, while there are often gyms made just for kids.
And of course, if you want your kids to think exercising is fun, lead my example. Start making exercise a routine of your own and soon your kids will follow suit.
 Kids should get moving to avoid obesity. Reuters.com. Accessed on the Web November 28, 2009. http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE5AQ45J20091127