Children are bottomless sources of energy, and as we watch them run, jump, and play we rarely think about how much actual exercise they’re getting on a daily basis.
Recent studies have shown that the majority of children in America don’t get enough exercise, but by teaching them about the values of exercise and diet now, we can help them lead happier, healthier lives.
As we’ve discussed in our previous post, How a Playset Can Make Your Child Fit, a playset is an excellent tool to use when you want to teach children about the benefits of exercise. Part I is based on the President’s Challenge Program website, and describes how a playset can test a child’s fitness in several key areas and consists of five exercises, listed below.
- Curl-ups (or partial curl-ups)
- Shuttle run
- Endurance run/walk
- Pull-ups (or right angle push-ups or flexed-arm hang)
- V-sit reach (or sit and reach)
To build on that last post, here are a few more areas where you can encourage your children to exercise using your Play N’ Learn playset:
- Dips – recommended for older children, this exercise builds up the arm and chest muscles while building endurance.
- Rope climb – many playsets have nets or ropes that are perfect for children. Encourage them to climb up and down the net or rope several times. A great way to boost energy and coordination.
- Swings – brisk pumping of the legs exercises a major muscle area, and also helps build cardiovascular strength.
- Running – use the playset as the center of racecourse! Children can circle the playset and build their stamina and burn calories while having fun.
Remember that children prefer to play their own games, so getting them to partake in these exercises takes some imagination. Invite your children’s friends over to participate and hand out awards for the winners in each category.
Staying physically fit benefits children today, and tomorrow. Check out our website for more ideas and equipment that will have your young ones exercising and having fun.Tweet