Outdoor Ideas To Get Kids Moving

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By Jessica Wilson

active familyThe most common notion surrounding kids is that they’re more prone to going outside and playing there for what could easily turn into hours. However, some kids find themselves spending less time outside mostly because of other leisure activities such as playing video games and checking their own social media accounts. Nowadays, indoor activities tend to take up most of their free time instead of engaging in outdoor play. For them to get moving, presented below are some fun ideas that kids can do outdoors instead of occupying themselves with sedentary hobbies that can negatively affect their health in the long run.

Why Should Kids Spend Some Time Outdoors?

In an ideal world, every kid should have the right to some outdoor play time. Unfortunately, some kids all over the world spend less time outside of their own homes which can be attributed to a couple of things. The first one is that pastimes that don’t require as much physical activity are increasingly becoming popular as they’re more convenient and can be done even while indoors, while the second one is that some parents worry that their kids might get injured after playing outside. Despite those two things that are forcing more and more kids to stay indoors, they should be given enough time to play outside for the following reasons:

● Spending some time outdoors gives kids a sense of adventure as they’re free to roam wherever they wish as long as there’s a parent or guardian to watch over them at random intervals.

● Making sure that kids have at least a few hours’ worth of outdoor play teaches kids essential social skills that they’ll need to use more often once they become full-fledged adults themselves.

● Outdoor play also makes kids healthier as exposure to early morning sunlight provides them with the right amount of Vitamin D that they need for their bones to grow strong.

What Are Some Outdoor Fun Ideas That Can Get Kids Moving?

While there might be times when the outside weather isn’t welcoming which can force kids to spend the rest of their day indoors instead, they should spend at least a few hours outdoors whenever the weather would allow them to do so. To make it more fun for them, here are some ideas that can get them moving in no time at all:

1. Go on a kid-friendly nature hike.

Some outdoor hiking trails might not be as safe for kids, but there are others that they can walk across with ease.

● Kids have to wear the right shoes though so that their feet won’t get hurt while they’re crossing uneven terrain.

● At least one adult should accompany the kids so that their safety is ensured, especially as some hiking trails may have slippery rocks and other hazards.

2. Finish an obstacle course.

Even with only a handful of tires, some rope, and a bunch of PVC pipes, an adult can build an obstacle course that kids can attempt to complete.

● A well-designed backyard obstacle course can make kids use both their physical and mental skills as they encounter various hurdles that are sure to challenge their idea of outdoor play.

● A game of running around an obstacle course can even be turned into a contest where the kid who finishes it in the least time gets a reward.

familywalk23. Turn a normal walk outside into a scavenger hunt.

Even something as seemingly simple as taking a walk outside can be turned into a scavenger hunt where kids can play detective as they tick things off of a checklist.

● All that’s needed for the kids to do a scavenger hunt is a sharp eye and the willingness to ask other people in case they’re having trouble finding an item.

● While some of the item descriptions can be made slightly more cryptic for the scavenger hunt to be a bit more challenging, they should remain easy enough for a kid to find.

4. Play a round of ball.

Part of the reason why ball games have grown to become some of the world’s most popular sports is that they can be played outdoors almost everywhere.

● A couple of makeshift goals can be built in an outdoor area so that the kids can play a simple game of soccer.

● A football game outside with the kids can also be played even without any goals by just kicking the ball and passing it around.

As fewer kids spend some time outdoors, their overall health can get compromised as they don’t move around as much. Thus, they would want to drop the video games and smartphones even for a short while and make sure that their parents would allow them at least a few hours of outside play so that they can grow up to become healthy adults themselves.

– Jessica is a professional health expert who works for some major health industry giants. She currently writes for Membersown and is dedicated to helping people learn more about health related topics along the journey. When she’s not a health advocate, she enjoys some down time traveling or talking with family.

Teaching Children To Be Road Conscious

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By Pauline Griggs

familywalk2Keeping your children safe all the time is not an easy task. You can’t be with them every minute of the day, and everywhere they go. As a parent, you can ensure the safety of your children when they’re at home. And you’re assured that when they’re at school, their teachers are responsible for taking care of them. But when they’re outside, who will keep them safe? Even if your children are old enough to take care of themselves, you should teach them how to stay safe while on the road. Follow these key tips on teaching your children to be more road conscious.

Accompany your children.

No matter how independent you think your children are, you need to guide them while they’re still developing. Walk or ride with them, until they’re old enough and are ready to do things on their own.

Put away any distraction.

When you’re driving or walking on the road, you shouldn’t use your mobile devices, so your children will follow your example. While on or near the road, take away the video games, headphones, and toys, to instill to them the significance of paying attention.

Choose low-speed roads where there’s less traffic.

If you want to make your children learn faster, use the least intimidating roads. They’ll be able to understand you when the environment is calmer and safer. Use residential streets and community roads when walking with them.

Wear colorful clothing.

When the surrounding is dark, it’s no doubt that the road is a scarier place. Make your children wear bright clothing, so they’ll be easily seen at night. Tell them that it’s more essential for them to follow traffic rules at night.

Explain street signs as much as you can.

Consistently point out street signs and explain their meanings to your children. Make it fun by asking them what each means and rewarding them for every question they’ll answer correctly. Regular reminders and rewards will help them remember it quickly.

Teach your children to stop and look both ways at all roads.

Teach your children that the road is not a playground; explain the danger of being on the road. Tell them to stop, look left and right and wait for the road to become clear before crossing the street.

Walk with your children facing the traffic when there’s no sidewalk.

Teach them that they should be able to see the incoming danger, and react to it. Tell them to keep their eyes on vehicles, and they can only do it when facing the traffic.

Walk on the side of the road when there’s no sidewalk.

Tell your kids that if they can’t see any sidewalk, they must go away from the road as soon as possible. Teach them that the safest way to avoid getting hit by a vehicle is by distancing themselves from the road.

Teach your children awareness of obstacles.

Driveways, alleys and street corners are particularly dangerous spots, even for adults like you. Remind your children that drivers can’t easily see in these blind places, and they need to be extra careful and be ready to respond quickly. Be sure that your children are also aware of ditches or flooded areas that may cause a slip and fall accident.

Keep your instructions short, precise and fun.

If you want to make your children remember everything that you’ve taught them about road consciousness, avoid giving long lectures. Make your time with them fun and turn your lessons into games. Making it fun will not only make them learn faster but will also make the time enjoyable for you and your children.

Teach by example.

familybikeridetogetherDo you know the expression, “Monkey see, monkey do?” The same principle applies when you’re teaching children, you need to teach them by being an example. Not following road safety will only show them that it’s okay to break road rules. If you want them to be road conscious, you should be road conscious as well.

Learn when to let them go.

Your children won’t always be kids; one of these days they’ll grow up and won’t need you as much as they needed you before. When this time comes, you should learn to let go. But always be ready to help and guide them when necessary.

Children tend to copy what they see in adults. This is why, you, as an adult, should be an excellent example to your children. Practice road safety in front of your children so that they will learn and grow. By being a good example, you’re ensuring the safety of your children outside of their school and your home. Make your children cautious, not scared, when on the road. Hopefully, whatever you’ll be telling them will help keep them safe.

– Pauline Griggs is an experienced law and automotive writer currently writing on another large project. Her know-how on the law for more than 10 years has allowed her to insert nuggets of useful wisdom for her readers. Pauline is not just a lawyer, she is also an artist. She loves painting nature when she has free time.

Strengthen Your Back With Weights

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By Laura Billings

weightsPart of strengthening your core is to strengthen your back as well. Strengthening your back is essential if you don’t want to suffer from nagging back pains. It also helps in improving your balance, stability, and posture. So if you don’t want to be slouching all the time, we suggest that you strengthen your back while you are lifting weights by following the tips below.

1. Do weight training exercises that put emphasis on strengthening your back.

If you prefer to lift weights while at the gym, there are a couple of weight training exercises that work efficiently in strengthening your back muscles. Try one of these exercises to strengthen your back muscles:

● Barbell Deadlifts: This particular exercise can help in building up your total-body strength by focusing on the lower and upper back, glutes, traps, hamstrings, and quads. The exercise can also increase your core strength and stability while also helping to build good-looking back muscles.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ The goal here is to lower the barbell while keeping your chest up and your back flat.

➔ Bend your hips and knees and then grab the bar with an overhand grip.

➔ Stand up without rounding your lower back. Pause for a second, and then lower the bar back to the starting position while keeping it as close to your body as much as you can.

➔ Repeat the exercise for three sets while doing 4-6 reps for each set. Also, don’t forget to rest for 2-3 minutes between each set.

● T-Bar Row: The T-bar row is an excellent exercise that involves multiple joints in your upper body. It emphasizes on strengthening your back and shoulders. The T-bar row exercise focuses on the middle of your back by putting the resistance through the center of your body.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ The goal here is to do the exercise by pulling the barbell to your chest while maintaining proper posture.

➔ Stand and position the one end of a barbell between your legs. Push your hips back until your back is at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Grab a V-handle and hook it to the bar and then grab it with your two hands.

➔ Pull the bar towards your chest by squeezing your shoulder blades together and driving your elbows back. Pause, and then return to the starting position.

➔ Do this exercise for three sets while doing 4-6 reps for each set, just don’t forget to take a quick 2-3 minutes break between each set.

womanweights● Dumbbell Row: Dumbbell row is an easy exercise that does an excellent job of strengthening your shoulders, biceps, and your back while keeping your core active throughout the routine. Dumbbells also allow you to achieve stability and balance on both sides of your body.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ Stand with both of your feet shoulder-width apart from each other and hold a dumbbell in each of your hands.

➔ Bend your knees slightly and then bend your waist while keeping your back straight. Avoid rounding your upper back and be sure to keep your head steady.

➔ Extend your hands fully, so each dumbbell is just above the floor. Contract your back and pull the dumbbells up to your ribcage.

➔ Be sure to pull through the elbow and then hold for one second at the top position before you lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.

➔ Do this exercise for three sets while doing 8-15 reps for each set.

2. Observe correct posture while lifting weights.

Remember to maintain proper posture as you are lifting weights. This could be a bit hard to do, but you should be able to do it eventually. Remember that poor posture is one of the major causes of back pain. So if you don’t observe proper posture as you lift weights, it will put more stress and pressure on to your back muscles which results in nagging back pain.

3. Learn how to lift weights correctly.

Although there are weight training exercises that focus on strengthening your back muscles, chances are that they can still injure your back while doing these, especially if you misuse the weights. You need to know how to lift weights correctly and follow the step-by-step instructions of the weight training exercises you are trying to do.

4. Remember to give your back muscles some time off.

Strength training can cause tiny tears in your muscle tissues. These tears might not be harmful, but they are crucial to making your muscles to become stronger as the tears recover. Always give your back muscles a time off and let them recover for at least 48 hours before you start doing weight training exercises again.

We hope that these tips can help you strengthen your back muscles while lifting weights. Once you follow these tips, you should be able to create strong and sexy back muscles, and you will no longer be vulnerable to back pains.

– Laura Billings is a law enthusiast and budding writer. She makes it a habit of making sure her pieces are informative enough to help even the common person understand important aspects of the rules of law. Laura likes to read books and write creative pieces during her free time.