Spring has sprung! And now you’re probably looking forward to warmer days and getting the kids back outside to play. Spring activities are a perfect way to mix fun and fitness.
Getting outside has benefits that go beyond fresh air. When you head outside to exercise, research suggests you’ll feel better mentally, too. One study found adults and kids who exercise outside feel more revitalized, engaged and energized than those who do not. Researchers say you may also exercise longer.
So, as the flowers begin to bloom and you start to get warmer thoughts in your head, let’s look at a few spring activities that will get you and your kids out the door.
Mini-Workouts as Spring Activities
One of the first spring activities you can try to do is to put together a mini “circuit” workout. String a list of short exercises together to get the kids up and moving.
You can do things like:
- Jog in place
- Jumping jacks
- Butt kickers
- Jump rope
The key is to keep the time limit on each exercise relatively short. 30 seconds to a minute is plenty for each. Combining 5-10 exercises will get your kids moving—maybe a few times a day. You can mix and match your list of exercises. The possibilities are endless.
You can also turn your mini-workouts into games. If your child can beat his record for jumping jacks from the day before—he gets a reward. Keep a treasure chest full of goodies handy, and let him pick.
How important is it to get your kids moving? Even just a little bit? A recent study found if 30 to 50% more elementary school children in the United States participated in 25 minutes of physical activity, three times a week, it could result in 340,000 fewer obese and overweight kids.
There are some spring activities that are fun and will get your kids a good workout, too. Flying a kite is one of them.
Not only are you out getting fresh air, but your kids must run to get the kite up in the air. An adult can burn nearly 100 calories during a 10-minute jog, so running with the kite is a great cardio exercise for your kids.
Another benefit to kite flying is you’ll also be getting some exercise. And that’s not only good for you, but also your kids. One study found moms who exercise have kids who exercise.
Here’s one of the spring activities that you can do with your kids that will not only have you both burning calories, but you’ll also be getting something accomplished, too.
The “Calorie Lab” put out a list. It breaks down how many calories working out in the yard can burn. For example:
- Digging in the garden (68 calories in 15 minutes)
- Raking lawn (56 calories in 15 minutes)
- Planting trees (60 calories in 15 minutes)
Get your kids to help you out in the garden. Depending on their age they can help rake, dig and seed. You can also have them run back and forth to the hose to get water. You can also let them have some fun watering your new plants.
As you can see, spring activities do not have to be very involved. The important thing is just getting outside with your kids, enjoying your time with them and burning some calories, too.
If you’re looking for more information, our free guide “From Crib to College” is loaded with answers to some of the most common questions parents ask their pediatricians about their kids.