Sometimes it can be difficult getting kids interested in physical activity, especially if PE lessons at school aren’t their favorite. There are a lot of options out there; swimming, walking and playing football to name a few, but if your child isn’t interested in anything like that, then you might need to think outside the box a little.
Giving a child a set of wheels is often one of the easiest ways of getting them excited about something. Cycling, skating and even skateboarding are all great ways to exercise but are more likely to be seen as cool than a lot of traditional activities. Even the very popular mini scooter is actually a good way of getting active.
Cycling is especially good because it’s something that all of the family can get involved in. Bikes can be expensive, but they last for a reasonable length of time. Always bear in mind that you may need to change bike as your child gets older, and it’s very useful to have one that can easily have the seat height adjusted. BMX bikes are very popular at the moment and are designed to perform tricks, although they can be harder for younger children to master.
Not as popular as it once was, but making a comeback, roller skating offers a real workout and is an ideal way for your kids to get to their friends’ houses quickly. You can choose from quad skates, which have wheels on each corner, or in-line skates, which are harder to master, but faster and more often used for tricks. Kids can learn how to skate from a surprisingly young age and can learn a lot of new skills in the process.
You might think that pogo sticks are a bit of a wildcard, but they offer a surprisingly good workout and can keep kids entertained for hours as they try to master the skills and tricks. Don’t buy a cheap product, as it’s likely to break quickly – you can now buy quality metal pogo sticks that are designed to take wear, tear, and tricks. They might sound harmless, but coming off a stick is always possible, so it’s a good idea to give your child safety gear such as a helmet and pads, especially if bouncing on concrete or asphalt.