Free and Low Cost Ideas to Help Kids Get Fit

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Posted on 09/10/2013

One in three children in the US is overweight, putting them at risk for Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Use these free and affordable ideas to help your kids get moving and get fit.


Schedule Fitness Activities
Schedule daily activities to help you and your kids get moving. Download and print the free BAM! (Body and Mind) Activity Calendar from CDC.gov. The free printable includes a long list of suggestions ranging from hula hooping to sit ups. Once the activities are written down you're more likely to stick with it.

Free Fitness Videos for Kids
Two formerly chubby youngsters started getsweaty.com, a library of fitness videos geared towards kids. Join a crew or start your own to get started. Earn points and improve your rankings by completing workouts.

Affordable Yoga DVDs
Engage your kids in yoga with a DVD that makes it feel more like play time. The Gaiam Kids: Yogakids Fun Collection is just $13.63 and includes two DVDs complete with 40 minute sessions that will help little ones release restless energy and get moving.

Free Fitness Class
Print a coupon for two free Gymboree play and music classes in your area. It's a great activity to help get kids away from the computer screen and have fun while getting active. The offer is good until October 21 and available at participating locations.

Register for Adventure to Fitness
The free Adventure to Fitness program is the nation's number one educational fitness program in elementary schools and now you can access it at home. Children take part in interactive adventures through free 30-minute programs at adventuretofitness.com. An onscreen guide shares facts about nutrition, forming positive habits, overall health and more.

By Alison Storm

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