There are so many ways to get out there and move. And, at momHOOD, we truly believe that movement can be fun while providing many health benefits. So here are some ways that you can get your child (and you!) engaging in some fun and joyful movement now!
As a kid, didn’t you love to jump on the trampoline?! The feeling of flying through the air … there’s nothing quite like it! I remember bouncing until I couldn’t bounce anymore and then laying on the warm trampoline and gazing up at the sky as my heart rate slowed down, until it was time to jump and flip again!
Not only is the trampoline fun, but it has many benefits like the ability to teach persistence, improve flexibility, develop motor skills, and improve posture. It is also a great way to exercise in disguise and get in a great cardiovascular workout!
Trampolining also helps to reduce cellulite, strengthens the skeletal system, reduces body fat and increases muscle to fat ratio.
Trampolining can be a vigorous aerobic workout, which increases the rate at which your heart pumps blood, and therefore oxygen, around your body. This strengthens the muscles of your cardiovascular system, and the boost in oxygen levels will help make you feel more alert!
Here’s a fun fact: A study from NASA also found that a 150 pound individual spending 1 hour on a trampoline, will burn more calories than the same person jogging for an hour.
How high can you jump?!
Now that the weather is getting nicer consistently, it is much easier to get outside at some point every day. There are many benefits to walking outdoors every day. Some of the benefits include: mood improvement, lowering your risk of lung cancer, increase in your vitamin D levels, and you will have fun! Taking part in regular brisk walks will also help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood. We love going for walks and hikes at the momHOOD. Not only do we know there are many mental and physical benefits attached to walks and hikes. But it also provides an opportunity to connect with our child on a much more exciting and personal level!
Here’s a fun fact: Walks have pretty prominent markers on our health. So, walking at a moderate intensity can get the job done just as well as running, as long as you’re expending the same amount of energy.
Past studies have supported this notion, finding that a daily walk can reduce the risk of stroke in both men and women. Also, walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and the list goes on…
Did you know there are benefits for adults as well as children who play tag? You may think of it as just a childhood game, but it can be very beneficial to your health.
The most obvious benefit is that Tag is an intense form of cardiovascular exercise. Tag encourages you to truly maximize your activity since you are attempting to race away as fast as you possibly can. You also develop better balance and coordination, as you pivot and spin. Since Tag is a game you can play anywhere, it’s something that can be done spontaneously, even when you’re on a budget.
A few reasons why tag is so great is that it helps develop a variety of physical skills including movement, agility, balance, coordination and spatial awareness. Also, the game can be played during unstructured time and pretty much anywhere. It’s easily modified depending on where you are. Play freeze tag on a baseball diamond, soccer ball tag in a field or water tag in a pool. There are lots of options.
One of my daughter’s favorite things to do is ride her scooter. So we like to play “Scooter Tag” (we made it up lol!). She will ride her scooter as fast as she can, and then I will try to tag her before she gets to the “safe” area. She just laughs and laughs the whole time (it makes my heart so happy to hear her giggles!). And I get in a great workout!!!
Tag .. you’re it ;)
So, not every day is a nice day. And some days, it’s easier to stay inside and get some movement indoors. There are lots of options out there, but at the momHOOD, we have two favorites! Go Noodle and Cosmic Yoga are excellent ways to move your body in a fun and enjoyable way. Go ahead, put it on for your child … I dare you not to join in!!!
Go Noodle’s purpose is to get adults and children moving with short interactive activities. They do this through engagement and motivation. It is designed with 4 - 10 year olds in mind. Some of my daughter’s and my personal favorites are Slo-Mo Machine, Cat Party and Get Your Body Moving! Each video is about 3-4 minutes long. So you can pick and choose a variety of different options or you can play just one on repeat (like we so often do haha!). You really will enjoy all that Go Noodle has to offer. Check it out, you’ll see!
Cosmic Kids is an online program that makes yoga and mindfulness fun for kids. Founder Jaime is an amazing story-teller who tells stories using yoga poses, colorful sets, creativity and imagination guaranteed to keep children engaged. Millions of kids do yoga with Jaime via her YouTube channel. She is very entertaining and fun!
Cosmic Yoga is a great resource because Yoga is so beneficial for children. Yoga helps to develop the right balance of muscle tone and strength throughout the body to support the joints, it helps to maintain flexibility, it builds core strength for overall physical fitness.
No matter what, getting moving with your child has so many benefits. From physical to mental to building a connection with your child, it is important to model and take part in joyful movement with your child. They will learn to understand the importance of physical fitness and moving your body, while also having fun and feeling connected to you.
Any of these activities you choose, you will have fun and you will be tired! Happy moving :)