Fitness. The new F word. I don't really need to get into the details about why fitness is important. The goodness and importance of physical fitness has finally been recognized the world over and more and more people are getting into fitness training. So it's been made clear that fitness is important and that it should be included in our daily activities, but what should these fitness activities be? What can we do for fitness? What are some of the exercises that we can take up? That is exactly what we will be going over in the following article―the varied fitness activities for different age groups. So, if you're looking to pick up some indoor or outdoor activities, then read the following article for some fitness tips.
Activities for Children
Tap them young and start making fitness freaks out of children. Make it a way of life for them and you'll be doing them a whole lot of good by keeping them healthy and disease-free all their lives. Kids are temperamental though and you cannot expect them to be slogging it out at the gym. No way. So then what? Try some fun activities for them and not only will they be exercising, but they'll love doing them. What are some of these fitness forms that you can get them to try? Here is a list of some physical training exercises that you can hook them on.
Gather all the neighborhood kids and have a mini boot camp-esque feel to the whole deal. Arrange several exercise equipment, like rope ladders to jump over, skipping ropes, hop scotch jump design, rubber tires hung on trees, crawling through pipes, and other exercise activities that you can think of. Now arrange an obstacle course and divide the kids into two groups. Get them to take the obstacle course and check for their timings to lend a competition-like feel to the whole deal.
Swimming is one of the most effective physical activities. It burns calories, builds muscle mass, and increases the metabolism, thus lending a whole lot of other advantages as well. Get your kid to join the school swimming team or even a private club. He'll love it and you'll have one healthy kid for yourself.
Cycling is another fun activity that doubles up as a healthy exercise as well. Get your kid to cycle to school if it is possible. If not, get him to use it for closer-to-home activities like tuition, visiting friends, and the like.
There are several other activities that you can get your kid to start up on and you can be assured that they'll love doing it. Here are some fitness forms for kids that you can try out.
- Martial arts
- Sports at school
- Climbing trees
Activities for Adults
All the physical activities that I mentioned in the section for kids are applicable for adults as well. Who says you can't have fun while exercising? You can. So if going to a health club and pumping iron on all those exercise equipment is not your thing, then go right ahead and indulge in these instead. If you need more ideas, however, here are some other activities and tips that you can use.
This one will never be relegated to a particular age group. It's the easiest, cheapest, simplest and the most effective exercise form ever. And you don't need a reason to do it, just find a ground, put on some music and start running and jogging. If the park or a jogging track does not get you into the mood then find a place that will―a beach or a more scenic route to work, perhaps? Take a bus to the office and get down a block before to walk the last one, take the stairs instead of the elevator and avoid the escalator as far as possible.
A real stress buster and a great way to get the feet moving along and the heart pumping about. This one's as good as walking, and will also include jogging in bursts and spurts.
Love the outdoors? Make a trek of it. Gather a trek buddy or even just you alone and set foot out. An entire day climbing and stretching is not only going to get you fit but also help you rejuvenate your mind and body.
Again, these are only a few fitness activities that are a blast to do. You can come up with scores more. The point is to find something that you love and keep changing and trying newer things so that you don't get bored of it and quit midway. So choose well and stick with it. Here's to a healthier you.