High-Energy Exercises for Children

June 10, 2016 Updated: June 10, 2016
Are your kids home for the summer? Here are three fun high-energy exercises that can be done at home, at the beach, or on the playground!
These exercises are good for ages five and up.
(Infographic by Marie He/Epoch Times; Photos by Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
(Infographic by Marie He/Epoch Times; Photos by Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Star Jumps

Begin standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and arms down by your side.

Squat down halfway and explode back up as high as possible. Fully extend your entire body, spreading your legs and arms away from your body.

Modification: You can start with the high jump and then add your legs and arms once you feel comfortable.

Start with 5 and work your way up to 10. 

Mule Kicks

Balance on hands and feet.

Straighten your arms and walk up so that your shoulders are over your wrists.

Bend your knees and kick both feet up behind you.

Start with 5 and work your way up to 10. 

Cross-Country Skies

Begin standing with your right leg and left arm forward with a 90-degree bend in the right leg.

Jump and switch so that your left leg and right arm come forward.

Continue to alternate and try to start with a set of 10 (5 on each side).

Maria Chatman and Mara Wedeck are co-founders of PopFit Kids, a children’s FUNctional Fitness company. Chatman, an avid fitness enthusiast, is an experienced consultant and fitness expert who has worked with large health and wellness management companies in New York. Wedeck’s background includes working with sustainable, organic, and healthy living companies.

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