How to Get Your Kids Moving! (and giveaway!)

Last week I had the honor of interviewing soccer star and mom of three, Mia Hamm about kids and fitness. As a mom of six kids, and someone who spends more time at the library than the gym (and it shows!), I am always concerned about ways to keep my kids active.

Moms, we are fighting a big fight in working to keep our kids active! kids today have more homework than ever, and when they come home to unwind, they often follow their parents’ example and unwind with a heavy dose of technology. (Guilty as charged). Add to this, the trend of parents being prosecuted for allowing their kids to play outside, and you see that things are much, much different from when we were growing up.

So sit back, and listen to some great tips from Mia Hamm! When you are done, take a moment to enter the easy  giveaway! I have two LeapFrog Leap Band fitness trackers to giveaway, so two of my lucky readers will be winners!

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About the author : Dakotapam

I’m a Lutheran pastor’s wife and mom to six kids, including toddler twin girls. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!

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  1. Anna - September 23, 2014 Reply

    My kids would think this was just awesome!

    • Anna - September 23, 2014 Reply

      And, we work hard to keep our kids active. We try to do fun family activities that promote activity…last week we went to a trampoline place. That was a workout!

  2. Essie - September 23, 2014 Reply

    My kids LOVE to ride bikes. I join in too–Katie The Dog likes to run along side, so we all get exercise!

  3. Dawn Monroe - September 23, 2014 Reply

    My grandkids are encouraged to play outside instead of video games. In fact we dont have a video game setup at Grandmas house.l

  4. kristen mcclary - September 23, 2014 Reply

    my kids are pretty awesome they don’t need much encouraging they love to go to the pool and to go outside and play with there friends. they would still love this though and its perfect I have 1 boy 6 and 1 girl 4 and this would be a great Christmas present for them! I love leap frog products they each have a leappad 2 that they love but they are pretty good at controlling there on use on it they usually only play an hour a day unless they get a new game then they will sit and play for hours with it for a few days! I love leap frog because its a learning tool but they have an awesome time. there Disney planes game talks about clouds and they come and tell me that’s a stratus cloud or that’s a cumulus cloud. its so amazing!

    • Jesse Smith - November 11, 2014 Reply

      Hi Kristen, i love your post. This sounds just like me. And my kids love the leap frog.

  5. Tonya Dreese - September 23, 2014 Reply

    We walk everyday, play tag, jog.

  6. Christine - September 23, 2014 Reply

    I limit their time in front of the TV. On school nights they aren’t allowed to watch TV at all. On the weekends they can watch a little but not much.

  7. Marin - September 24, 2014 Reply

    Now we just need to figure out how to get rid of the B52 mosquitoes so we can enjoy outside ND! 😀

  8. Wendy Rozema - September 24, 2014 Reply

    we like to stay active as a family, we enjoy riding bikes and going to the park!

  9. Samantha - September 25, 2014 Reply

    My kids love to ride their bikes, so we all partake in a ride around our association to get active.

  10. marillionflower - September 25, 2014 Reply

    We provide a good example by doing family activities that keep us all active. From walks around town to bike rides.

  11. Jennifer Rote - September 27, 2014 Reply

    We like to go to the park and for walks as a family.

  12. Mayla M - September 27, 2014 Reply

    My husband and my two oldest boys do martial arts together. As soon as my youngest is old enough he and I will be joining them. It’s a great way to spend time together and be active.

  13. livivua - September 28, 2014 Reply

    Encouraging outside play

  14. LJ - September 29, 2014 Reply

    We like to send our son outdoors each day and also do geocaching as a family

  15. Heidi Daily - October 4, 2014 Reply

    I find the best way to encourage my kids to be active, is to be active with them! We dance, and run, and play, and exercise together.

  16. bgsmama - October 4, 2014 Reply

    we play together regularly, hike, explore our town on foot/bike, and she is enrolled in gymnastics.

  17. fitnesszone - December 17, 2014 Reply

    Our kids have fitness trackers and they love to self-monitor their activity levels.

  18. angie - March 11, 2015 Reply

    we play together regularly. It’s a great way to spend time together and be active.

  19. Fundraising Strategies - April 3, 2015 Reply

    My kids loves the outdoors. We usually go for long walks, hikes and camp outs during summer. Even during winter, my kids find a way to enjoy activities that involves lots of running, jumping and dancing around. And true that, as parents we should try to be role models for active lifestyles and provide our kids with opportunities for increased physical activities.

  20. Friedland Sully - July 12, 2015 Reply

    My family usually spend weekend time together at the local park. We alway have so much fun there. I think that parents should take the lead to get their kid active.
    Our child likes jumping on a trampoline, he jumps almost every time we go to the local park.

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