Get Kids Moving With These 8 Exercise And Fitness Tips

Get Kids Moving With These 8 Exercise And Fitness Tips

These days our children don’t get nearly enough exercise. Instead they are tucked away in their rooms playing on all sorts of electronic gadgets. If you are a parent this can be very frustrating. Especially if you notice your child is starting to gain a lot of weight.

Most parents want to help but they really don’t know how. This is especially the case for parents who are not active themselves and so they don’t know where to begin. But, it is of utmost importance to make sure that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily and don’t assume that school PE and recess periods will take care of it.

Here are some of the best exercise and fitness tips to get kids moving.

Tip #1 – Make Exercise Fun & Easy

You have to remember these are children we are talking about. That means they aren’t going to be interested in some boot camp style workouts. They want something that’s fun and easy to do. When a child is engaging in an activity they want to feel competent and self-efficient. If they don’t feel they can do the exercise they will shut down. So choose an activity or exercise that doesn’t require too much thought. Something they can catch onto quickly.

Tip #2 – Take It Slow

Yes it is recommended children get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. However, if your child is not used to being active there is no way they will make it through an hour fitness session the first time out. So take things slow. Start off with just 10 minutes of play a day. You can play hide and seek or throw a Frisbee around. Use a timer and when the time is up stop playing and go back inside. This does two very important things. Its shows children getting outside is fun and it also makes them want to do it again.

Tip #3 – Avoid Games Where Players Can Be Eliminated

This is especially important if you are dealing with a child who is overweight. You don’t want to play any games that will make it easy for the child to be eliminated. For an overweight child this type of game can have a negative impact on their self-esteem. Once the child is eliminated they will have to sit out for the rest of the game. That means they won’t get any exercise which in turn defeats the whole purpose in the first place. So avoid games like dodge ball.

Tip #4 – Consider Finding Your Child A Mentor

Sometimes a child might not respond to their parents. Especially if they are severely overweight. They will be reluctant to do anything that has to do with exercise. One way to combat this is find your child a mentor. Find someone they look up to and have a great deal of respect for. This could be a neighbor, a family friend or a fitness professional in your local area. Having a mentor is a great way to show your child exercising and staying healthy is a cool thing to do.

Tip #5 – Keep At It

If you child doesn’t respond to you the first few times that doesn’t mean you should give up. Keep at it. Be creative and try to find new, fun ways to approach the situation. It won’t be easy to get your child to start moving if it’s something they are not used to doing. But stick with and stay positive. Eventually your child will come around.

Tip #6 – Organized Sports

This is a great idea for both boys and girls and the YMCA and local little leagues are great places to start.
There are plenty of choices, including:
• Soccer
• Basketball
• Baseball
• Football
• Volleyball
• And others

Organized sports and teams have regular practices and games and so provide ample opportunity for kids to get the optimal amount of exercise. Plus, it’s a great family event for bonding and teaches kids to be part of a team. And, hey, you never know, you might just have another Coby Bryant or a Babe Ruth in your family.

Tip #7 – Outdoor Games

There are plenty of fun outdoor games in the toy sporting goods sections of department stores. Some of them facilitate creativity and imagination as well, and are games the whole family can participate in.

Tip #8 – Wii Fit

For kids that love video games and a Nintendo Wii, nothing is more fun than the Wii Fit, which is a specialty console for fitness games.

They are fun, and when you have the Wii Fit Board kids can follow along with the exercise on the screen and move, instead of just sitting in front of their console as in the typical gaming experience.


5 Fitness Tips For Seniors

 5 Fitness Tips for Seniors

You know you should exercise regularly, drink lots of water and eat nutritious foods.

Those are 3 smart fitness tips everyone should live by.

If you are a senior, the following tips provide even more support for a fit and healthy lifestyle.

1. It’s Never Too Late to Start

Don’t think that since you have lived a life of little exercise and physical activity, there is no need to start now. Just 15 minutes after you begin exercising, you benefit by the increased rate of healthy oxygen pumped throughout your body.

Make exercise a regular part of your daily and weekly activities, and your health can improve quickly.

2. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

There are always going to be other people in better (and worse) shape than you.

Comparing your level of fitness to someone else is pointless. You are an incredibly unique individual.

What someone else can or cannot do has nothing to do with you. Continue to make strides with your physical fitness, keeping moving and active on a daily basis, and your efforts will pay off.

3. Don’t Underestimate Yourself

The last 20 or 30 years research continues to show that what we thought about the inevitability of aging is not entirely true. The things that you can accomplish, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally, are not limited by your age.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, start slow, but don’t underestimate what frequent physical activity, lots of rest, smart nutrition and hydration can accomplish in your life.

4. For Senior Citizens Who Used To Be Athletes – You Are Not That Young Anymore

You just learned that you may be able to do more physically than you ever thought possible as a senior citizen.

This mindset can lead to incredible health rewards. On the other side of that coin are those individuals who overestimate their physical ability as seniors.

If you used to be an athlete, or you were just very physically active as a youngster, don’t overestimate your strength and endurance. You can lead a wonderfully healthy life as a senior, but not if you injure yourself by overestimating your physical abilities.

5. Get Strength Training, Balance Exercises and Aerobics in Your Life

Balance exercises include yoga, Pilates and tai chi. Every year past 60, your chances of falling increase.

That’s why balance exercises are so important for seniors. However, as mentioned above, so is regular and moderately intense aerobic activity. Add strength training, like body weight training or lifting weights, and you have the perfect trifecta of senior exercising for a fit and healthy body – strength training, balance exercises and aerobics.


Subtle Signs That You’re Improving Your Fitness Levels

Subtle Signs That You’re Improving Your Fitness Levels

It can be tough to stay motivated and on track with your workout plans. You see the perfect bodies at the gym. In the checkout line at the supermarket the fitness magazines show impossibly toned and ripped cover men and women. You look in the mirror and don’t see much, if any, results of all your hard work. So it’s understandable that you are thinking of throwing in the towel and giving up on getting in shape.

Guess what?

You may be stronger and more fit than you think. Changes taking place inside you may be paying off your exercise efforts. The outward results might just be subtle, instead of noticeable. The following are not-so-obvious signs that your workouts are working, and that visual proof of a stronger, leaner, fitter you are just around the corner.

You Are Sleeping Better

Weird, huh? Most people do not connect better sleep habits with being fit. The truth is when you build muscle and burn fat, you sleep better. So if your sleep has improved, you are on the right physical fitness track.

You Don’t Need Your Usual Cup(s) of Coffee in the Morning

This is connected to the healthy sleep cycle that fitness creates. When you work out during the day, your body repairs at night. You sleep better and wake refreshed, not always needing the usual amount of morning java.

You Can Stand without Having to Shift Your Weight

Can you stand through a short meeting without switching your weight from one foot to the other? Do you effortlessly stand in line at the grocer or DMV? These are subtle signs that you have improved your functional strength and flexibility.

You Can Keep up With Your Kids

Kids seem to have endless energy. A lot of parents start exercising to be able to spend more time with their children. If you notice you can keep up with your kids better than before, that’s a sign your hard work is paying off.

Your Friends Notice Health Improvements

“Have you been working out?” When you hear this, it means the improvements are noticeable. You stand a little taller. Your posture improves, along with your self-confidence. You walk with a lighter step. You may not notice gradual but positive changes that come as a result of exercising, but your friends, family and co-workers will let you know.

You Find That You Are Mentally Sharper

Exercise fires off “feel good” endorphins and other chemicals in your brain. Physical exertion also makes your mind clearer and more focused. Have you noticed you are mentally more capable than usual? Exercise could be the cause.