Kids these days prefer to spend more time indoors due the common use of gadgets such as tablets, smart phones, gaming consoles etc. This results in kids really missing out on daily exercise, which is essential for them in their growing age. To keep your kids active and fit, get them to engage in these easy and fun exercises on a regular basis. They are really simple, so and you and your kids can do them together.
For overhead arm stretch first keep your feet together while standing up with your back straight. Then reach your arms straight up and overhead, with your hands touching but avoid locking your elbows. This exercise works the upper body, shoulders, and arms.
For the shoulder stretch place your right arm straight in front of you while bending the left arm and putting it above the elbow on the back of your right arm. Make sure that your left palm is facing to the side. Press the right arm gently by using your left arm and keep stretching for 10 to 30 seconds in the similar position.
One of the simplest stretches is the Quadricep Stretch. It stretches your quadriceps, which are the large muscles on the front of the thighs which are used for running. Hold a back of a chair, wall, tree or any other support to keep your balance. Use the left arm to maintain the balance and bend your right leg while holding it with your right hand. Press the foot towards the buttocks gently to feel the stretch in the front of the thigh. Switch the legs after holding it for 10 to 30 seconds.
The other simple exercise is the outstretched arm stretch. All you need to do is stand with your arms outstretched as wide as you can
with your thumbs pointing downwards. Push your arms backward assuming that you are squeezing a ball between your shoulder blades.
You can also rotate the arms slowly so that your thumbs point up. Hold and rotate back to the previous position and then gently squeeze back. Keep repeating for few times while moving slowly. This is beneficial for the arm and shoulder muscles.
Lift your right arm straight up overhead with your palm facing towards your head and bend your elbow so that it reaches the middle of your upper back. Then hold your right elbow with your left hand until there is a stretch in the right tricep.
Repeat it by switching the hands and hold it at least for 10 to 30 seconds.
Sit on the ground, while bringing the soles of the feet together, allowing the knees to point out to each side. Hold the feet with your hands. Then place your elbow between the legs or on your knees. Now press the knees down to increase the stretch.