Guest Post – 10 Tips for Getting Your Kids More Exercise

Are your kids playing enough? According to the Center for Disease Control, kids and teens need to be active at least 60 minutes a day to help combat childhood obesity and especially with the recent heatwave affecting much of the nation, it’s been hard for any families to get outside and play as much as we should. 

If you know you need to get more exercise worked into your kid’s schedule, here are some great tips from on how to help get them up and moving — and have fun doing it! 

  1. Walk or bike to and from school. For families who live within a mile of school, walking or biking to and from school each day can be part of the daily school year routine.
  2. Do jumping jacks during commercials. When a commercial comes on the TV compete with each other to see who can do the most jumping jacks.
  3. Take a family bike ride. Kids learn by example and if you exercise as a family they will learn that being active is just what families do.
  4. Go on a walk after supper. Taking a walk after dinner will increase your metabolic rate and will help you work off the calories you just consumed.
  5. Play a game of Frisbee after school. Exercising right after school will let your kids get their wiggles out before sitting down to do their homework.
  6. Join a sports team. Going to practices and games will give your child lots of opportunities to exercise. 
  7. Cross the monkey bars. Kids love the challenge of getting themselves all the way across the bars.  Without knowing it, kids are building their muscles with this activity. 
  8. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible. Making the switch to stairs can create a lifelong habit of walking, rather than riding, up the stairs.
  9. Go on a hike. From flat terrain to hillier, hiking can build endurance and muscles in both children and adults.
  10. Turn chore time into dancing time. Few people enjoy cleaning, but it’s a lot more fun when you can add some music and dance around as you are dusting or vacuuming.

Thanks Nanny Pro for these tips! 


  1. Biking as a family, taking the stairs (much to the chagrin of my 13 year old!) and getting all of us involved in a sport has been our M.O. I have played sports all of my life and realize the value they have provided me. Same as my wife. We have a 13 year old and a 2 year old and 2 month old. The 2 year old we have outside as much as possible. My 13 year old is the bigger challenge, although she has gotten into gymnastics and a little bit of tennis and golf.

    The idea is doing something physical, but make it something that you will like. That way it becomes a fun activity vs. something that the family feels that they ‘have’ to do.

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