Kids naturally want to be active. The need to use up some of their endless amounts of energy is vital for their mental and physical health. But, today’s modern families are facing some challenges that make it harder to be active on a regular basis. We’re seeing a greater number of kids doing virtual learning, with parents who are busy working and taking care of the home life responsibilities. These factors make it difficult for kids to get the suggested 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
The good news is that you don’t need fancy equipment to stay physically active. It can be as simple as doing some fun exercises with your kids, while mixing in a little pretend. Plus, it’s even more fun if you can get the entire family involved.
Gina Otterbein from Northern Physical Therapy and Sarah Pipher from our partners at the Grand Rapids Performance Center, Generation Care stopped by the WOOD tv studios of eightWest to chat with Jordan Carson about fun ways to keep kids active.
Plus, they announced our new Family Fitness Challenge series that will offer up weekly challenges and exercises to engage the entire family. Join the group here and participate each week for a chance to win some cool prizes.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun exercises we’ll show you and your littles ones. Kids love to play pretend so these animal walk exercises are a great way to keep them engaged.
If you have questions about your child’s development, an injury they’ve had, or pain they’re experiencing, feel free to reach out to us. We can schedule a consultation and learn more about you child’s condition. As part of the Ivy Rehab Network, you can request an appointment at any of our clinics by clicking here.
View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: Tips for doing yard work with less pain, Tips for comfortably working from home, Couch to 5k Training Program, how fitness can prevent cancer, tips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fall, is physical therapy painful, pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapy, pain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretching, women’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!