Workouts for Kids
It’s amazing how just a few years ago, we didn’t have to ask that question. Kids didn’t have to workout. Kids just naturally did it. It was called PLAY. Now, people ask all the time about Workouts for Kids. America is becoming increasingly fatter and more and more unhealthy. Schools are cutting Physical Education programs as well as Music and Arts. Boys are forced to sit in a classroom environment where they have a hard time thriving. They have so much bottled up energy and then they are forced to sit and behave. It is only a matter of time before they explode with all the ways we throttle them. I remember being in Elementary school and not being able to wait until lunch when we could go outside and play or for recess for the same reason. Even in High School at lunch, we’d go outside and play football or volleyball.
Now we’ve become such a litigious society that schools don’t want kids to go outside and play because if they get hurt, the school could get sued and the teachers who are supposed to be supervising them could even potentially be personally liable. We try to protect our kids so much that we’ve put them in a bubble and kept them from being kids. Kids are supposed to fall down and skin elbows and knees and get some knocks on the head. It’s all a part of growing up. So, why do we protect them so much that it has begun to hurt them physically by not letting them run around and burn off that excess energy? Even when they get home, they sit and play video games or watch TV all day and the pounds keep getting packed on. So, when we think about Workouts for Kids, what we really need to think about is fun and play. How are we making it fun and how are we turning it into play? Kids know instinctively how to play. I asked someone once what is it that nearly every small child does every day that adults rarely do? The answer is RUN. If you watch small children around each other, it won’t be long before you see them running and it won’t be long before you see the Parents saying…”Stop Running, You’ll hurt yourself”. I think it’s absolutely hilarious at a public pool to watch the lifeguards try to get a 4 year old to not run around the pool.
Workouts for Kids – Make it Fun
We have a couple of really fun workouts for kids. One is called Tony and the Kids. The other one is Shaun T’s Fit Kids Club. There are schools that are incorporating both of these workouts for kids in their Physical Education programs and sometimes they do the fun workotus when they have recess when they can’t go outside and play because of rain. We have a friend who is a PE teacher in Florida and she says she gives them the option of going outside or doing these programs and the majority of the kids will opt to stay in because they are that much fun to do. Tony’s program is designed for kids of a younger age while Shaun Ts gets into a little older crowd and has more dance moves than Tony’s. They are both great programs and the kids love it. But, while we don’t advocate heavy lifting until kids are a bit older, ANY of the programs we have are great for kids. The moves can be modified and the programs like Insanity require no equipment whereas P90X is a bit more involved. It’s funny because my kids workout now and I don’t have to prompt them at all. They just have seen Melanie and me working out and they know it’s our lifestyle. Our youngest son is 5 years old now and for the last couple of years, he would come into the living room and say “I want to play P90X” or “I want to play Body Beast”. He would even tell me which one he wanted to do, like Shoulders and Arms or Cardio X or Core Synergistics. We also laugh at him in Karate because he will do the step ups on the bench and he does them like Sagi in Body Beast. All of the instructors love it. He also does Just Dance on the Wii until he is nearly exhausted and he loves it because it’s FUN. All of our kids are going to grow up loving to workout and realizing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle because we’ve modeled it for them.
Workouts for Kids – Activities
Again, if you are deciding on workouts for kids, you want to be smart. Our kids have grown up being involved in activities like ballet, baseball, karate and things like that. Obviously, some activities will be better for them and make them move and burn more calories than others, but, if they are having fun, they will naturally want to do it. If you make it seem like something they HAVE to do, then you may find they will have some push back. The most natural thing to do is to model it. If you are overweight and haven’t worked out in years, and are sitting on the couch eating bon bons, it’s going to be tough for you to tell your kids they need to workout and you can forget them if you get them a workout to do. But, if you do something WITH them and model it, you are going to have an easier time getting them moving. Drink Shakeology, Workout, show them what to do and you’ll develop in them a love for working out, eating healthy and it will save them and you money down the road on medical bills. It’s just a fact. So, workouts for kids should be fun, not drudgery. Just do it WITH them. You’ll be glad you did.