Cheap Fitness Equipment For A Child's Home Exercise Program

List and review of inexpensive products and equipment available that can be incorporated into a home exercise routine for children.

An exercise program should be an essential part of a child's daily activities. Helping your child to achieve and maintain good physical health is just as important as helping your child to develop mentally. Starting your child on an exercise program does not have to involve investing in expensive gym equipment. There are many inexpensive products that can be incorporated into an exercise program. There are also many items that you probably already have around your home that your child can use in their exercise program. With just a little imagination you will be able to design an exercise program for your child on a very limited budget. Items such as jump ropes, resistance bands and free weights as well as exercise videos are some of the inexpensive commercial items you can purchase as part of your child's exercise program. In addition to these items you can also utilize chalk, old milk jugs and balls in an exercise program.

The jump rope is a very inexpensive piece of exercise equipment that can be beneficial to your child's exercise routine. Jumping rope is an excellent form of aerobic activity that not only increases cardiovascular health but also helps to improve coordination and agility. Most children find jumping rope to be a fun activity and would view jumping rope as play rather than exercise. You can help your child to get maximum physical benefit out of jumping rope by challenging them to try jumping rope with different rhythms and styles. Doing so will ensure that jumping rope continues to challenge your child's muscles.

Resistance bands are another inexpensive piece of exercise equipment that can be incorporated into a child's exercise routine. Resistance bands are essentially pieces of elastic that can be used for resistance training. The bands come in varying levels of resistance and can be used as an alternative to free weights to perform exercises such as bicep curls, triceps extensions, chest flys, squats, lunges as well as other exercises. These exercises will help to strengthen muscles. Resistance training in children who are still growing should be carefully monitored by an adult. It is recommended that children perform resistance exercises at a weight low enough to allow the child to perform at least eight repetitions with good form. Weights that are heavy enough to fatigue the muscle with fewer repetitions should be avoided in children. Children should not be allowed to use resistance bands without first receiving instruction on proper form and technique.



Free weights are also inexpensive pieces of equipment that can be included in a child's exercise program. Free weights can be used to perform exercises similar to those done with resistance bands. Weights should be kept at a weight low enough for a child to perform a high amount of repetitions before reaching muscle fatigue. As with resistance bands, close adult supervision is important when children are participating in resistance training with free weights. Instruction on proper form is also important as it will help to prevent injuries.

Exercise videos are another piece of inexpensive equipment that can be used in a child's exercise program. There is a wide variety of exercise videos available to choose from. It will most likely not be difficult to locate one that will hold your child's interest. Some popular videos that may appeal to children include kick boxing, hip hop dancing, salsa dancing and even videos featuring characters from children's television shows. Any video that gets your child up and moving will benefit their cardiovascular health.

Chalk is a common and inexpensive household item that can became part of a child's exercise program. Activities such as hopscotch that involve running and jumping can be fun ways for your child to exercise. Use your imagination and create your own pattern with different shapes and colors and encourage your child to play a game of follow the leader while jumping from shape to shape along your pattern. Or let your child create a pattern and invent a game of their own.

Old milk jugs can also be used in your child's exercise program as an alternative to free weights or resistance bands. Empty milk jugs can be cleaned and filled with water or sand to create weights. These jugs can be used to perform many of the exercise that can be performed with free weights. The added benefit to using old milk jugs is that you can start with them very light by using a small amount of sand or water and add more sand or water as your child's strength increases. Canned goods can also be used for light resistance training.

Even a simple ball can be utilized in an exercise program. Throwing and catching both involve muscle strength and coordination. A game of catch with your child will be benefiting the muscles in their upper body as they throw and catch as well as their stomach muscles as they stabilize themselves while twisting and turning to make catches. With a little creativity and imagination you can invent games that will incorporate running and jumping along with throwing and catching to get even more benefit out of playing with a ball. Try setting up a series of bases and have you child stand in one position while you throw to another position. Have your child run from one base to another to try to catch the ball that you threw. Soccer is another game that can be played with a ball and is an excellent physical activity for children. It can be played with just about any ball and a homemade goal. The goal can be as simple as two cardboard boxes weighted down with rocks. Many children can play soccer for hours in their own backyard with friends without even realizing that they are exercising.

While exercise is very important for children, an exercise program doesn't have to be boring or tedious or seem like a chore. Most parents could establish an exercise program for their children with a combination of activities that the child enjoys and sees as play rather than exercise. Participating in a variety of activities will not only continue to challenge your child's muscles but will keep your child interested in physical activity. A variety of exercises will also prevent your child from succumbing to overuse injuries that result from repeating activities or motions over and over again. Before incorporating an exercise program into your child's life you should consult your doctor to ensure that your child is physically fit enough to participate in physical activities.

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