How do you keep your kids healthy?
When I looked up possibly ways to keep my kids, and myself, healthy, I found three common answers:
- Eat well.
- Take care of your body [brushing, bathing, etc]
That doesn’t mean diets or going on an exercise regimen.
But it does mean to watch what goes into their mouth, keep up on their personal hygiene, and making sure they get moving, every day.
I’m working with LISTERINE® Brand to help spread the word on how to keep kids healthy.
Wash their hands. Brush their teeth twice a day. Rinse with LISTERINE® SMART RINSE®. Take baths or showers to clean their body and hair. Cut back on sugary foods. Eat fruits and vegetables.
Most importantly to me, though, is that kids need to exercise. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that’s been a long time reader.
I believe that all kids need to move… a lot. I mentioned that is one of the major three reasons we do activities in the first place.
Playing and doing fun physical activities is how young kids exercise and stay healthy.
Find more ways to burn off energy with physical activities for toddlers!
There are many ways to get them up and moving:
- Going for bike rides
- Walking or running
- Playing at the playground
And even more so, I love to incorporate them into the activities we do at home. There are many days that we’re stuck inside, especially at this time of year since we’re in Iowa and below zero weather coming soon.
Find more of our gross motor activities here.
While it’s good for kids to work up a sweat and raise their heart rate every day, it’s also important for them to work on gross motor skills. Those that involve balance, crawling, being upside down… Think up and down movement, back and forth.
Active activities that we’ve done inside to keep the kids healthy in these cold months:
Walk the line of tape.
Do mazes on the floor.
Pushing a car or truck through the maze gets their head down and them crawling. Working different muscles then if they were walking around. Walking through the maze, one foot in front of the other helps kids with balance.
Go on a scavenger hunt.
Hiding things in places around the house for the kids to find. Up high and down low, under and over objects. This gets kids bending down, turning themselves around to find the objects. Standing on their tip toes to see if its way up high.
Play basketball, with newspapers.
Set up an indoor basketball game that won’t break your valuables. This gets kids throwing which works their upper body and arms.
Make an obstacle course inside.
Set up the couch cushions in a line for the kids walk on and try not to fall off. Or do ‘hot lava’ and jump from cushion to cushions! More balance and jumping practice! You could even let the kids break the rules and crawl on the table!
Gross motor activities are my secret to keeping the kids healthy and fit without doing an exercise program with them.
What is your secret to keep kids healthy?
LISTERINE® Brand‘s secret is providing us with the tools to use to keep kids, and their mouths, healthy!
Along with LISTERINE® mouthwash for adults, there’s LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® Smart Rinse for ages 6-12. There’s products for the whole family to have a healthy mouth!
More physical activities for the kids to try:
- 30 activities to get them up and moving (and burning off energy!)
- 26 activities for preschoolers that like to move
- 20 physical activities for toddlers
- 25 just plain fun activities for kids
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by LISTERINE® Brand. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.