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25+ Ideas to Exercise with Kids

It’s summertime, and I’m so excited to go on adventures, make some crafts, and bake some goodness with my kids. We’ve made a list of 50+ ideas to help make  our summer FUN, most taken from my FUN WITH KIDS Pinterest board, but we’ve made our own list of something else to do this summer.  I’ve also discussed with them that I would like to have exercise days, too, and they were ON BOARD to 3x a week all together (I’ll do 3 more on my own as I’m trying to tone up with weights). I love the idea of getting my kids involved in exercising, and they are at ages that they like it, and recognize how good it is for them.

Exercising with kids for workout

We started today and did a circuit workout.  I pinned a bunch to my Pinterest Exercise Board, so check them out. We first did THIS ONE.

I shared this picture on Instagram and Facebook of my kids doing some of the exercises this morning, and asked for more ideas, so I got the idea to share that list, to help inspire others to exercise with their kids this summer, too!  I aim for 20-30 minutes of constant moving with the kids.

Most of these are free, or can be done at home.

Here is the list that I already had in mind, plus what readers shared:

  1. Mom runs while kids run or bike ride along side
  2. Swim Laps at the pool
  3. Circuit workout in house, driveway, or backyard
  4. Family bike ride (I pull my youngest in trailer behind)
  5. High school or middle school track and do bleacher runs
  6. Run around the track at a school (little ones likely play in middle field)
  7. Backyard Soccer or kickball
  8. Wheelbarrow races (we have one, borrow another)
  9. Relay races (frog jumps, crab walk, wheelbarrow, etc),
  10. shoot hoops on the driveway
  11. hopscotch at the elementary school or chalk on driveway
  12. Freeze tag, when you are frozen, jog in place
  13. Hiking on a trail
  14. Sprints up and down  your street, Little ones tally times gone
  15. Jump rope and jumping jacks alternate
  16. Dance party
  17. Tennis
  18. Yoga (Cosmic Kids and Yoga Kids were recommended to me, never tried them)
  19. Trampoline tricks
  20. skipping and speed walk alternate
  21. hopping backwards
  22. create an Obstacle course in backyard
  23. Walk to the store or along a trail
  24. Just Dance on the Wii
  25. Roller skate in the neighborhood or at a rink

Someone also left a link for 25 Exercise Games and Fun Indoor Activities to get kids moving, so check that out, too!

activities with kids this summer

Of course you’d have to cater each one to your family. If you have little ones, some might be trickier. My 5 year old likes to imitate us, and does pretty well for 20-30 minutes hanging out if she doesn’t want to actually do it. It’s still important for those little ones to SEE exercise, even if they aren’t actually doing it!

I made a little something that you can print out, show your kids, and have them help you pick what you’ll do each time! Just shake it up and have fun!



If you’ve got more ideas, leave ’em in the comments!

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  1. Great ideas! Thanks for the printable!
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  2. thanks for the inspiration – I need this!

  3. A favorite of mine for exercising with kids in the summer time when they were little was renting a peddle boat for 30 minutes. My three kids would take turns peddling beside me as I peddled the whole way with them yelling “faster mommy faster”. By the time 30 minutes were up my thighs were burning! The rental cost was less than 1 workout at the local gym.

  4. LOVE this post. It’s so important to find fun ways to exercise as a family.
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  5. I love these ideas! Thanks for sharing them!

  6. So many great ideas! recently posted..2014: A Year In ReviewMy Profile

  7. Hi there. Wheelbarrow races dont use real wheelbarrows! One person stands behind another who is laid on the floor..they pick up the feet of the one on the floor and that person has to move along on their hands with their feet and ehs supported by the one behind, hence it looks like a human wheelbarrow. These were always races at our school sports day x

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  9. Kids love it when you play physically with them. It’s a terrific way to add some connection and fun back into a relationship that too often deteriorates into correction and conflict. You don’t need to tell your kids this exercising is for you — they’ll assume it’s special family time! And if your child is spending too much time staring at screens, this is the best way to get her up and moving.
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  10. Hi Kristen,

    Nice blog post. And i absolutely LOVED these ideas. Even saved it on my evernote!

    Keep posting quality post like these.

    And Have a great day!

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  11. Great list of ideas on ways to stay active! Thanks for compiling them and for the reminder that when we are active with our kids, it is better for the whole family
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  12. This was some good and helpful information. Very inspiring for my children.

  13. I tried a few of these ideas and was surprised how my kids loved the yoga. Thanks

  14. Hey Kristen,

    Great blog posts.

    Love these ideas. I need this!

    Keep up the good work.


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  15. I love this post! I hope you don’t mind I linked it in a post of mine 🙂
    Can’t wait to check out more of your stuff!

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  16. I love this post! I hope you don’t mind I linked it in a post of mine 🙂
    Can’t wait to check out more of your stuff!

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  17. If you want to get your kids out and about – there is nothing like taking them mountain biking.
    I still remember when my parents took me bike riding in the hills – and now I still continue that hobby to this day
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  18. Great ideas. I’m always looking for way to exercise WITH my boys. Thank you.
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