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Turn Something Simple into a Fitness-Related Event

By Brandi Swieter

Every Easter, many parents give much thought to the perfect spots to hide their eggs for the hunt. Though this practice is enough to get kids up and moving around, the tradition can actually get turned into a full-on exercise option by adding a few activities. Turn the Easter egg hunt into a full fitness routine for the day to help the kids burn off some of those calories they’re sure to consume.

Make it a Race

Rather than allowing the kids to walk around aimlessly searching for eggs at their own pace, make it a race. Tell the children they only have 10 minutes to find as many eggs as possible. The winner gets a giant egg filled with a special surprise. This will have the young participants running around trying their hardest to beat the competition and have them working up a sweat in no time.

Include an Instruction

Instead of just picking up the eggs and putting them in their basket, kids can get more active with the help of an instruction hidden alongside or within the egg. They have to complete the activity before they can grab their egg. This may be something as simple as doing 10 jumping jacks, or it could include having to run around the yard one time and coming back to the spot to grab their egg before going to the next one.

Pick a Piñata

A hunt isn’t the only option for getting eggs filled with treats. Parents can pick out an egg-shaped or Easter-themed piñata and let the kids hit that instead. Once the piñata breaks open, the kids can all run to get their eggs and candy and place their winnings in their baskets. Make sure each kid gets one or two hits at a time so everyone has the chance to use their arm muscles and work their core as they swing.

Have the Hunt at a Park

Many people do not have the yard space that allows kids to run around. Having the hunt at a local park may be the better option; it provides a larger area to hide the eggs and allows children to run around collecting their findings. There may even be parks or churches that already plan on having an egg hunt for the whole community. Join one or more to get the kids even more active before and during the holiday.

Easter egg hunting is a fun pastime for many children. Rather than having kids leisurely walking around searching for eggs, parents can up the fitness aspect by adding these challenges and games. It will get the kids far more active and entertained.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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