5 Quick Exercise Tips for Children With Busy Schedules

September 24th, 2013 by

Two young girls walking to schoolSchool is back in session and the demands of class, homework, musical instruments, after school clubs, and more are taking up more time than ever. While it’s great for your kids to be involved in so many activities, sometimes their schedules become so complicated it can be hard to find time to sit down for dinner, let alone exercise. The CDC recommends that children get 60 minutes of exercise each day—so how do you fit exercise into your child’s busy schedule? Read on for some quick exercise tips to keep your kids active.

1. Take a family walk after dinner
Instead of turning on the TV after dinner, gather everyone up and head out for a walk. Bring the dog along and take a lap around the neighborhood. Not only will your kids get some exercise, but you will too!

2. Stop by the playground or park in between activities
Since you’re likely spending a good amount of time going from one activity to the next, try fitting exercise into your route. Take a pit stop at a playground or park on the way to your next lesson or club and let your kids play for 15 minutes, or more if you have the time.

3. Pause in between homework subjects
It can be hard for kids to focus on homework for long stretches of time, so use those much needed breaks to get in some quick exercise. Try sit ups, push ups, or jumping jacks—or just have your kids go wild in the yard for five or ten minutes. The exercise will boost their energy levels enough to get through that next math worksheet, while also keeping them healthy and strong.

4. Walk to the bus stop instead of driving
If your child takes the bus, instead of driving to the bus stop, let them walk. If it takes five minutes to walk there, in one day that’s ten minutes of exercise taken care of without even having to try. And it’s better for the environment!

5.  Do a lap before beginning your next activity
When you get to your child’s next activity, before going in the building, take a walk around the building with your child. It will only take a few minutes, but those minutes will add up if you keep using them to your advantage.

Fitting exercise into the day can be tough if your children are not already involved in sports, but it’s not impossible. Plus, your kids are much more likely to seek out opportunities to be active in their down time if you set a good example for them and encourage them. And if you find yourself struggling to get your own exercise in during the day, you can always do these tips with your kids!

About the Author: Robert Unger is sales manager at Play N' Learn's Playground Superstores 26 year old chain of 5 Maryland & Virginia stores. Since 2002, Rob has sold thousands of playsets, trampolines, & basketball goals to area families.