Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving!

Moms, we are getting a couch potato reputation. The most common things we do with our kids involve the kitchen table or the living room couch.

A recent survey shows the number one thing moms do with our kids is share a meal together. Watching TV came in second, and helping with homework was third. All great things to do with kids, but all sedentary. Moms – we don’t have to take this sitting down! We can change our reputation!

In Minnesota, we have a few precious weeks left before we have to hunker down for the winter. Why not make the most of fall by getting up, getting out and getting moving?

Make exercising as a family an adventure! Try out some of these fun fall activities:

Fall Harvest:

Picking apples and pumpkins is an activity the whole family can enjoy, and it’s a good way to get moving. There are several orchards and farms to choose from in the Twin Cities. Many also have playgrounds and petting zoos to keep the kids active.

Scavenger Hunt:

For a free option, set up your own scavenger hunt in your local park. Race the kids in finding things like fall leaves, pinecones, twigs shaped like a “Y”, dandelions, etc. Keep thinking of different items to find because the kids will want to play it again and again!

Obstacle Course:

You can set up an obstacle course in your own backyard; any toys you have in your garage will work great! We like to use a hoola hoop to jump through, baseball bats to jump over and bouncy balls to throw. This activity comes with a warning- kids love to make up their own obstacle courses, and they can be quite complicated!

Rake Leaves:

Who knew kids would find this fall chore so much fun? Get them some child-sized rakes, and kids will be happy to rake (and jump) for hours! As a bonus, you can get some good yard work done at the same time.

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If these ideas don’t excite you or your kids, keep it simple. Go for a walk, a run, a bike ride. Jump on a skateboard, roller skates, a pogo stick. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you’re doing something active!

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Author: minivancommuter

Alise McGregor is a working mom with two girls. As the founder of Little Newtons, she's passionate about making education the primary focus of child care.

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