Boys need to move almost as much as they need to breathe. Moving helps their brains to work better. They need to wiggle, fidget, and squirm. Instead of fighting this natural tendency, we should work with it by giving our boys opportunities throughout the day to move!
We all know how important it is to be physically active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that kids get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day. You might think it will be hard to try to jam another hour of something into your child’s day; however, it isn’t as hard to fit exercise into your day as you might think!
Here are 13 Easy Ways to Fit Exercise Into Your Day:
Before Schoolwork Starts
1 – Calisthenics
Have your child do some light calisthenics before sitting down to do book work – my boys enjoy competing to see who can do the most push-ups and/or pull-ups. When they first started, neither one of them could do ONE full push-up correctly. Now, they can drop and give me TWENTY without a problem.
2 – Walk/Run
Go for a walk before you start your lessons for the day. Ask your child to run laps around the house before you get started.
3 – Play
Quite often, when kids are playing they are getting exercise. Try sending them outside to jump on the trampoline or ride their bike before you start their daily lessons.
4 – Breaks
Try to take physical breaks between subjects. Give your child 15 minutes to get the wiggles out before starting a new subject.
5 – Phys Ed
Schedule a certain amount of PE time and allow your child to choose when he does it. I’ve found that my boys will often choose to start their day with phys ed. It’s a great way to wake up in the morning.
6 – Unexpected
Surprise your kids by stopping whatever you’re doing and telling your kids to drop and give you 20. Or suddenly ask them to run down the hall and back 10 times. This is great to do with reluctant kids. The surprise makes it more fun to get some exercise in.
7 – Incorporate into Lessons
Plan physical activities as part of your lesson (i.e., acting out whatever lesson you just learned, throwing a ball back and forth while studying spelling words, throwing a bunch of words on the floor and having your child jump to the correct word when you give a definition, etc.)
8 – Variation
Try scheduling more physical activities between more sedentary ones.
After Schoolwork or on Weekends
10 – Game Systems
Let them play some of the more physical games on the Wii (or other gaming system) such as Active Life, Wii Fit, or Sports Resort.) This way they will get exercise without even realizing it.
11 – Sign them up for a Sport
In many areas, there are homeschool leagues which are often more family-friendly than the public school options.
12 – Get Dad Involved
Have dad go into the yard and toss a football, throw a baseball, shoot some free throws, kick the soccer ball around, etc.
13 – Get the Family Involved
Try to do something more physically active as a family. Take a hike, go on a bike ride, go camping, etc.
As you can see, it isn’t as hard as you might think to fit exercise into your day. With a little bit of thinking, you can help your child to have the healthy habit of being more active! And the more your son moves the more likely he is to retain the information that he is learning. It’s definitely worth the effort.
Question: How have you been able to fit exercise into your day? Do you also participate or do you have your kids exercise on their own? Please leave a comment below.