One of the hardest things about homeschooling is making sure we check the “extras” off our list. Art, music and PE tend to get pushed to the side because we’re busy focusing on the core subjects. But some days, I NEED ideas to help my kiddos burn some energy, when I can’t just send them outside. Needless to say, I’m always looking for workout ideas for kids to do indoors that doesn’t require an entire gym.
We’ve tried a lot of different workouts over the years but I like to have a bunch of fun moves ready for when my kiddos get the wiggles. And we all know that exercising is more fun when you make it a game! Our “Spell Your Name” Workout has been a game changer when it comes to squeezing in some movement.
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Easy Workout Ideas for Kids to do Indoors
This classic move is a great way to work on coordination!
Allow kiddos to do modified push ups until they are strong enough to do the “real deal.”
Who says exercising can’t be fun? Add a few simply gymnastic moves to your workout for kids!
Run in Place
Running in place is the perfect indoor exercise to get your heart rate up.
Turn on some tunes and be-bop around your house!
Hold each other’s feet to make this move more doable for young kids.
Jump Up & Down
It’s amazing how out-of-breath you can get by just jumping up and down several times!
Much like running in place, this move really gets your heart beating quickly.
Touch Your Toes
Bend down and see how close you can get to touching your toes! For more of a challenge, try touching the floor without bending your knees!
Arm circles are a great way to work those arms!
Sit Down & Stand Up
Who knew sitting down and standing up was such a workout? It uses a lot of different muscles and will leave you out of breath!
Try holding your body’s weight on your arms, while keeping your body as stiff as possible. This works your entire core and will leave kiddos stronger than ever.
Crunches are the perfect way to work out your abdominal muscles!
All you need is a wall and some stamina to master wall sits! Just lean up against a wall and “sit,” as if there was a chair under you!
Squats are a classic move that work your leg and core muscles.
Do them as fast or slow as you’d like but leg kicks will get your heartrate up in no time!
Spin Around in Circles
Spinning in circles is so much fun that kids won’t even notice they’re working out!