Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Does anyone else feel like our children are eating more junk food, playing computer and video games too much, and spending less time outdoors?

Winter’s chill only makes matters worse. Even in sunny Las Vegas, this winter has been long and cold.

But it’s not just the weather that makes my kids want to stay indoors.  They also have a lot of homework, dance practice, music lessons and many other activities to add to their busy school schedule.

  With all these activities, I figured my children had just one day a week to plan play dates.  So I decided to sit down with my girls and make sure that we spent that one day outside and enjoying the great outdoors.

The first thing we decided to do is start a health club for our family and friends.  I saw this idea on The Biggest Loser.  This year, along with their usual contestants, they have been helping three children get fit and lose weight.  They challenged the kids to get out of their shell and exercise as a group.  Bingo, one of the child contestants, decided he was going to start a health club after school and play sports.  I thought it was such a great idea.  So my girls decided to start their own club and name it “The Healthy Banana Club.”

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

I Love It!!!

Then we decided to invite some friends to meet at our neighborhood park and set up an obstacle course for a relay race.  You can really use anything you want for your own course.  We used cones, soccer balls, jump ropes and bouncy balls.  All of these items were just hanging out in our back yard and in our garage.

Obstacle Course Relay

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Then we split the teams in half.  Boys against girls of course.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

 First, they kicked the soccer ball through the cones.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Second, they had to jump rope ten times.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

  Then they had to bounce back to the next team member and high five them before the next person could go.  It was so easy and fun and the kids loved it when the moms got involved.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Kid’s Yoga

The next week we asked my friend Kim to have her family meet us at the park and to teach us some kid yoga.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Wow! I could not believe how much the kids got into it.  There was a playground about 10 feet away from us, but they were more interested in holding their poses then going down the slide (although we let them play after the yoga session).

When practicing yoga, children under six can hold exercise poses for up to one minute and children six and above can hold a pose for 1 1/2 minutes.

Always have an adult demonstrate the posture first so the children can do it correctly.

Back Roll Pose

Great for the back and spine.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Tree Pose

Tree pose is great for balance and concentration.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Child’s Pose

This pose is calming for the mind and relaxes your entire body.  It also helps to alleviate stress.  This is great to do before they start their homework

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Bridge Pose

This is excellent for building back, arms and shoulder strength.

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Cobra Pose

This is one of the most important poses in yoga.  It stretches the shoulders, arms, chest and abdominal muscles.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Leg Lift

This pose is great for building core strength.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

There are so many benefits for children to start yoga at a young age.

1. Yoga builds self esteem.

2. It helps them to keep calm.

3. It helps them deal with stress easier as they get older.

4. It’s great for their flexibility, balance and strength.

5. Don’t forget to keep it fun so the kids will want to do it more often.

6. Yoga is a great indoor or outdoor activity.

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

When my  kids get home from school, I always try to have a healthy snack in the kitchen waiting for them.  My kids love hummus.  It is so healthy and it’s great with cucumbers and carrots (the Greek and green olives are for the mommies).

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

 Teaching kids to be fit is more important than ever. According to Web MD the average child spends approximately four hours each day watching television. The American Heart Association reports that about one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963.  Read more at LiveStrong.

Making outdoor exercise a priority for my young daughters will prepare them for a happy and healthy life.

I am hoping my daughters learn to make exercise a priority in their lives. Hopefully The Healthy Banana Club is just the beginning.

What fun play dates have you planned lately to keep your little ones physically fit?

Teach Your Kids At a Young Age to Be Physically Fit

Ash Sig

Ashley was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and now lives in Henderson, Nevada.  She studied in Germany and created a hand knit hat business in 1998–Mutze by Ashley (meaning hat in German).  She is obsessed with her Husband, three daughters, fashion, coconut desserts, and garden gnomes.

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  1. February 22nd, 2013 at 10:47 am
    Deano Papino says:
    This was so great! Every parent in America should be interested in doing this with their children. I loved all those beautiful models. Thanks for the great "bridge pose"' striped shirt girl! I think this is a great idea for grandparents-- for everyone! Super, great post.
  2. February 22nd, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    Kaydee says:
    Love this. I wish my kids would eat more of those yummy vegetables. Great ideas.
  3. February 22nd, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    Mikey says:
    Lately my kid has been playing a lot of games on my phone and I take it away claiming she shouldn't be glued to it, but really I just want to play games as well. We really need to get out of the house.
  4. February 22nd, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    Bobbi says:
    This is a great post chock FULL of ideas. I have never considered trying yoga with my kids, but it sounds perfect!
  5. February 22nd, 2013 at 10:01 pm
    briana says:
    The great thing about kids doing yoga is they are naturally flexible, so it's even easier and more fun! And there's nothing wrong with building strength, balance, breath focus, and mental clarity! ;)
  6. February 23rd, 2013 at 5:49 am
    Sarah Martin says:
    Love all the awesome ideas. This post has motivated me to do a little more. It's easy to get stuck in a rut. Love all the fun pictures of the kiddos getting involved. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I will start a healthy banana club in Indiana.
  7. February 23rd, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Libby says:
    These are great ideas! I need to get my kids out of the house. The kid yoga is a good way to calm my crazy boys down. Thanks for the great post! And I love the name of the kids club.
  8. February 23rd, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    Susie says:
    I love this post! Just this week I was teaching my 4&1/2 year old daughter Child's Pose and she thought it was so cool being named after "her." The poses on this post are easy for kids and I think I might try a daily evening wind-down session. And getting outside for some fresh air and exercise is a must! Thank you for this wonderful post.
  9. February 24th, 2013 at 8:36 am
    Nicolette says:
    I love the idea of making it a neighborhood activity. Our neighbor friends will love it. Now if only the snow will melt:).
  10. February 24th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    Stephanie says:
    I want to join the healthy banana club, and be invited to your house after the activities for the treats as well! Kudos to you for coming up with this. I suspect more parents want something like this but haven't thought of how to go about it. I hope your inspiration spreads far and wide!
  11. February 24th, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    art projects for kids says:
    Good info. Lucky me I ran across your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have bookmarked it for later!
  12. February 24th, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    Joanne says:
    I have a testimonial to the importance of regular exercise. At 65 plus, I have exercised all my life and find a great deal of strength, balance and joy in it. The key is to learn to love it. Find something you enjoy doing and do it regularly. Thanks for beautiful, fun and simple ideas for children to enjoy...a great way to start a happy life.
  13. February 25th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
    Angela says:
    Cute post! Love the kids doing yoga! Fun ideas. Better alternative to my kids' fight club! Joke!
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