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3 Childhood Activities That Can Work Your Body For a Lifetime

When looking at the nation as a whole, there really aren’t that many kids that are significantly overweight. Most kids fall within a pretty healthy range without even trying. In fact, when most adults were kids, they were most likely fairly healthy as well. Have you ever wondered why this occurs? How do kids stay in such great shape? How do they eat corn dogs and twinkies for lunch, but not gain weight? While some of this is because of the calories required in the growing process and their fast metabolism rates, another explanation is that kids stay active! They move and run and play a lot more than adults, which allows time for that bad food to burn off. In order to get in better shape and stay that way, check out these 3 kid friendly exercises that can keep you in shape for a lifetime.


Sports are just a lot of fun. We play them as kids and teenagers, but then as adults, a lot of us fall by the wayside. Perhaps it is because we are too busy, or it could be because there is not any competition out there for adults. Whatever the reason, getting back into playing sports can help adults stay in good shape. Pick your favorite sport: soccer, basketball, football, etc, and then find a community or church group nearby. You might feel awkward, sore, and really out of practice at first. Stick with it though and you’ll get in great shape, make some new friends, and have a lot of fun.

Jumping Rope

Who remembers jump rope for heart? Or partner jumping? Or the fun little songs that you sang while you jumped? When you were young, jumping rope was fun. Then we got older, and it became a chore. That’s why most of us left the practice behind in elementary school. This fun little game is really a great workout. It burns massive calories and improves cardiovascular health. To make it fun again, find a partner or look up some fun songs. Of course, you can also just pick up a rope and start jumping without the fuss. Either way, this activity is good for more than just kids. Pick it up and get back in great shape.

Riding a Bike

Learning to ride a bike was something that almost all kids looked forward to. It looked fun, and once you learned how to do it, it WAS fun! Once we learned to drive a car, most of us gave up the bicycle. If you want to get in better shape, go ahead and pick it back up again. It burns a lot of calories, works the legs and glutes, and as it turns out, really is a lot of fun.

Get back into the fun of being a kid and pick up these kid friendly, but long lasting exercises again. You’ll have a lot of fun and get your body in great shape all at the same time. An exercise doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. It can be so simple a child can do it, and still be the best workout of your life.

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