4 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Outside


Every time I travel to Florida or California, I think of how lucky children there are to be able to play outdoors year-round. My kids, and regrettably now my grandchildren, were stuck inside the house much of the year due to lousy weather. But, alas, spring has sprung and outdoor time is here.

Most communities, including large cities, have parks. Kids are easy to please – stick them in a playground and let them rip. But what about the mothers, or shall I say, “caregivers”? They, too, need to get a little exercise. The good news is that in these confined areas, they can mind the children and get a little exercise at the same time. Here are a few suggestions for moms (caregivers), kids, or both.

  1. Walk the perimeter of the confined area. Do it alone or with some of the other adults. I bet you’ll easily meet your 30 minutes of exercise goal for the day. Your kids may even want to join you.

  2. Use the jungle gym and other apparatus with your children. What a concept! You can do a few pull-ups on the higher bars, and climb up and down on the ladders.

  3. Bring some exercise aids, like a jump rope, soccer ball, and Frisbee. You can use them alone, with other adults, or maybe even your own kids will join in the fun.

  4. Set up a competition to run races (forward and backwards), relay, and wheel-barrel. You can do all these games without anything, but a loud voice to get the kids organized.

What is the favorite park in your community?

Share in the comments below (heck you never know who else might want to play)!

*Dr. Stacey J. Bell is a nutrition doctor and expert on food and dietary supplements: staceyjbell.com

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