Top 10 Jumping and Running games for kids
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Fun running games for kids help in weight loss and prevention of childhood obesity through the fat burn.
School-age children can receive great health benefits from running shorter distances with much less risk of injury than if they run for long periods of time.
In this article, forkidsplus.com will mention the top 10 jumping and running fitness exercises for kids of all ages.
The following fitness activities are suitable outdoor games for kids, teenagers, and youth, particularly for large groups.
If kids are doing any type of structured running, they should be fitted for appropriate running shoes.
Running games for kids
1- Interval Runs
An interval run is a type of activity that incorporates speed and endurance in little amounts.
This fun outdoor exercise is designed to increase or decrease intensity, not length of time.
Invite your group or your whole family to go for this run. (Don’t forget your dog, too.)
Tell the participants: To start off, begin walking. When everyone feels ready, increase your speed from slow, to medium, to fast.
Then choose someone to call out the desired level of speed.
Count how many intervals you complete.
Do this for 3 minutes.
2- High-Knees Running
Tell the kids: Track and field athletes use this exercise as a warm-up.
Run forward at a slow pace, bringing your knees waist high. Do this for 3 minutes.
3- Take a Hike
Invite your group or family for a hike in your neighborhood park.
Running on a dirt path with hills is a different workout from running on concrete.
Make sure everyone is prepared with sunscreen and the right clothing.
If you come to a hill, take the challenge and walk or run up the hill, but when descending a hill, remember that walking is much safer than running.
Tell the children: Start out walking. Pick up the pace if the path is safe and free of roots, rocks, and other obstacles.
Do this for 15 minutes.
4- Go to the Beach
Props: A sandy beach or a source of at least knee-deep water and sunscreen
Take your group or family to the beach, or run in a pool.
Running on sand or in water is different from running on any other surface, and it is more challenging, too.
Kids will not be able to run for long periods of time on sand because their major muscles have to work harder and therefore, fatigue much faster than when they run on hard surfaces.
Jumping games for kids
Jumping is a skill that is used in almost every sport. It requires timing and a sense of rhythm.
5- Power Jumps
Props: A mini trampoline (optional)
Tell the children: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms at your sides.
Bend your knees and sit back into a squat.
Then pushing up using your legs to move through a standing position, jump up as high as you can.
Use your arms to create momentum. As you land, bend your knees to soften the landing and lower your hips into a squat.
Repeat this exercise as many times as you can.
Props: A step or low bench for each participant
Tell the kids: Stand facing a step, with your arms at your sides.
Bending your left leg, place your left foot in the middle of the step.
Keep your weight evenly distributed over the balls of your feet.
Push off with both feet, jumping straight up as high as you can. Let your arms swing up overhead.
Pause between jumps only long enough to maintain balance.
Do 10 Jump-Ups with one leg and then switch legs.
7- Broad Jumps
Props: Chalk or a jump rope to mark a starting line
For kids this age, I recommend this exercise be done outside.
Designate the line from which the player must jump.
Tell the children: There is no running start for this game.
To begin, bring your toes to the starting line. Swing your arms and, using that momentum, explode forward.
Land on your feet, making sure to bend your knees.
Repeat this exercise for 3 minutes.
8- 180-/360-Degree Turn
This jumping activity will help children understand how to turn while jumping.
To make it easier, I recommend setting a visual target on each side for the children to focus on.
– Divide the group into pairs or have the players choose partners.
Tell the trainers: One player acts as the spotter while the other partner turns and faces one of the objects at his side.
Jump up in the air and turn to face the other object.
If you feel confident with a half turn, increase the turn until you can jump in a complete circle.
To avoid getting dizzy, reverse the direction of the jump after each jump.
Repeat 3 times and then switch roles with your partner.
9- Single-Leg Hops
How to do this funny exercise?
Tell the children: Standing on your left leg, bend your right leg at the knee.
Bring the heel of your right foot toward your bottom, and grasp and hold the ankle.
Hop around the room, counting the number of successful hops.
Repeat this action 25 times on each leg.
Tell the kids: Start from a Squat position, with your hands touching the floor.
Explode upward, swinging your arms up overhead and landing softly in a Squat position.
Repeat this exercise 25 times.
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