7 Ways To Get Kids To Be Active Without Them Knowing It

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Encouraging your kids to be physically active can be like playing tug-of-war with a giant. But there are ways that you can trick the little ones into taking a more active role in daily activities, allowing them to move around more and staying healthy. So here are some neat little ways you can get your kids to peel off that couch and get active fast.

Run and Jump in Leaves
Most of the time video games are bad when kids play for too long, but there are some ways to get kids to go play outside when it gets a bit chillier – leaves! Having them gather leaves into a pile and run to jump in them is the ultimate fun for kids. You can also get your yard tidied up this way too, win/win.

Dance While You Do Chores
Say housework and they freeze, but if you blast on some really cool music, preferably something they listen to and not something from the 50s, you can get them to clean to the beat of the music, because no one said you can’t move your hips and swing your arms around while you tidy up your room or sweep the floor.

Walk The Dog Together
Dogs love to walk, run, and jump, and your kids are like sponges. Whatever they see, they do. Besides, pets are fun, so they won’t even noticed that that walk around the block was a ruse to get them off the couch. And if you go with them, you can control the speed of the walk, so they can burn more calories.

Have A Sibling Competition
Your kids are always telling each other, “Anything you can do, I can do better”. Now let them prove it. Throw a bunch of Legos throughout the house, and have them pick them up. Whoever gets the most pieces, wins a prize, like a trip to the movies, a cheap toy, or immunity from a chore like washing the dishes that week. Kids are greedy, use it to your advantage!

Install A Basketball Hoop
Encourage them to play some hoops by installing a basketball hoop in the backyard, or in the front yard above the garage door. This way you can play along with them, or have them play with some friends from school or the neighbourhood while they burn off some steam.

Turn Errands Into Competition
The key here is to get tricky because if your kids smell something fishy, they won’t do it. So next time you’re walking home with them or heading to a nearby grocery store, have them compete with their siblings to see who can run the fastest, or dare them to beat you to the front door… even if there are still 8 more blocks to go!

Create A Tour
Take your bikes out and start exploring your neighbourhood. You’d be surprised at some of the things you’ll see that you’ve probably missed while driving with your car. Not only are you and the kids getting the exercise you need, but you get to find some cool new stores or eateries along the way, and they’ll never realize that you just tricked them into exercising.


  • Reply robin rue September 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    All great ways to get the kids moving! My youngest is full of energy, but my older one…not so much. I will have to try some of these with him.

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh September 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    These are all great ideas. I don’t have to worry about getting my daughter active. She is always dancing around the house, and practicing her cartwheels and flips.

  • Reply Angela Tolsma September 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    “Whatever they see, they do”
    It is so true and more in just walking the dog. If they see you moving lots they will too. It’s so important to be part of the action and not just demanding they do. I love being an active aunt who does all the fun things, but I can’t imagine how difficult it is as a parent to keep that energy going.

  • Reply Karen Morse September 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    It’s important to keep the kids active and it’s awesome to come up with ways that will allow them to have fun too! I think these are brilliant ideas for parents to do with their kids.

  • Reply Jennifer September 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I wish the sibling rivalry game still worked when they are teens. These are really great tips, though, for families that have younger kids.

  • Reply Jessica Joachim September 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Thankfully my daughter loves to be outside. Riding her bike and playing with the dog are two of her favorite things! It is so important to get kids out and moving.

  • Reply Terri Steffes September 6, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I never thought of dancing as being active, but of course it is! I need to add more of it to my daily routine.

  • Reply Brittany September 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

    My kids favorite thing to do recently is taking our dogs for a walk. They are only focused on playing with the dogs and quickly forget about the tv their missing!

  • Reply Melissa Chapman September 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I am lucky my kids love sports and my daughter runs track. I do encourage activity because I know I have to exercise everyday and so do they.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls September 6, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    All great ideas. Sometimes you gotta trick those stubborn kids without them knowing it. I always loved being outdoors, especially in fall, because the air is so clean and fresh.

  • Reply Amber Nelson September 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    These are all great ideas. I need to get my daughter active! I’m going to work on her!

  • Reply Rachel September 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    We do a lot of dance parties around the house and things like that. It helps me stay active too, not just the kids.

  • Reply Ayana Pitterson September 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    These are some really good tips. I have incorporated scavenger hunts for my little ones. Sometimes when I see that they are inside way too much not really active, I hide a few things in the yard that I know they would love to find and a map. Awesome way to get kids out of the house.

    Thrifting Diva

  • Reply Courtney September 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Oooo so many great suggestions!!!! I love sneaking dance into everything. Works like a charm since kids just laugh and have a blast doing it!

  • Reply Heather September 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Great tips! Our house is basically one big dance party when my girls are home. So much fun and a great way to keep everyone active while we’re inside.

  • Reply Cassie Tucker September 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    These are all great ways to get your kids more active. I especially like the dancing around while working idea.

  • Reply StylishGeek September 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Oh my! I believe my kid was so active I had to be the one to try to get her into calmer activities (so I can rest!). Haha! But thanks for your tips!

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