You’ve heard it a million times, keeping your little ones active is one of the most important things you can do for their wellbeing – but let’s face it sometimes it’s a downright struggle to haul them off the couch and away from their wonderfully fun and engaging screens!! So this year I challenge you to make Kids Cardio fun! What counts as Kids Cardio anyways? Simply – pretty much any type of “exercise” that increases the work of your lungs and heart. I put “exercise” in quotes, because as adults when we think of exercise we most often think of activities like running, hiking, swimming, etc.. but rewind a few years (okay more than a few) and think about all the things you used to do as a kid that didn’t involve sitting on the couch…
Here’s some Kids Cardio “Exercises” that may jog your memory and help keep your kids active this winter!
It’s not just a trendy adult exercise! It’s a wonderful activity for both your spirit and your body and Vancouver offers some really wonderful yoga classes especially geared to kids!
In the spring, make a day of “playing” with your kids in the garden. All the squatting, and digging and moving plants around – it’s hard work and gets your muscles working!
Playing with Puppy
Your pup absolutely loves going on walks with mom and playing fetch with dad but kids will keep at “playing” with the pup for way longer if you provide the right environment. If you have a back yard, send your kids out to play with your pup – give them a little bag of treats and challenge them to make an agility course for pup – trust me your kids will love it and so will you when the kids and the pup are asleep by 9.
Depending on your little one, dancing may or may not be an intense workout but it does get their whole bodies moving and they’ll love getting a chance to be goofy, especially if you join in!
Climbing is wonderful for strength training and way to overcome fears at any age- be it a tree, an indoor climbing gym, or a mountain.
Cliffhanger Climbing Gym (670 Industrial Ave.) - Climbing walls are designed for all skill levels, from novice to expert. They offer an exciting climbing environment with friendly staff and professional instructors.
Swimming & Splashing
Swimming, sliding, splashing – all are amazing ways to get kids active and using their entire bodies. You think running up 3 flights of stairs 27 times at the pool slide isn’t an awesome workout? Try it yourself!
Jumping is fun and improves balance and coordination: awesome! If you don’t have a trampoline at home or if it’s a bit to freezing for the great outdoors, there’s a few really great places in Vancouver to bounce your heart out!
Why bounce on one trampoline mat when you can come to our indoor Trampoline Park and bounce from mat to mat and even bounce off the side walls! You can do just that at Extreme Air Park in Vancouver and Richmond!
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