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When working with kids, it’s important to engage them with fun and challenging fitness activities. Using these games for children, learn how to improve their functional movement patterns, cardiovascular efficiency and balance all while having a good time.

Arm and Leg Tag

Games are a fun way to help kids participate in interval training, boost their heart rates and get them laughing. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Anna Renderer shows how a game of arm and leg tag helps with skills such as change of direction, coordination and balance. For more exercise game ideas, read the full article.

Cone Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is a simple and effective way to help kids achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily aerobic exercise. In addition to general fitness, kids also learn critical skills needed for development, such as balance and coordination. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Anna Renderer demonstrates how a simple obstacle course including mountain climbers, jumping jacks and single leg balance hops can get kids’ minds moving as well as their bodies, while incorporating fun into exercise. Read the full article for more ideas.

Reaction Ball Time

Exercise in the form of a game keeps physical activity fun for kids while teaching crucial skills. Reaction Balltime is a game that adds a little bit of everything: agility, social activity, healthy competition, coordination and teamwork. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Anna Renderer explains how to play this game and the skills it fosters in kids. For more exercise game ideas, read the full article.

Relay Race

A relay race is a simple and effective way to help kids achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily aerobic exercise. In addition to general fitness, kids also learn critical skills needed for development, such as balance and coordination. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Anna Renderer demonstrates how a simple relay race including jumping jacks, running, skipping and side stepping can build speed, agility, improve confidence while incorporating fun into exercise. Read the full article for more ideas.