Let's face it, the TV makes a great babysitter sometimes. As much as we all hate to admit it, it's true. The fact is that excessive TV does not help kids develop their motor skills as strengthen their fitness levels. In recognition of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, here are some activities and exercises to help you and your kids have fun and be healthy together.

After-dinner walks

Something as simple as walking around the neighborhood has healthy benefits. First, it aids in food digestion. Second, any cardiovascular exercise promotes heart health.


Turn up the tunes and get some free-moving dancing going on. Dancing is a great exercise that doesn't feel like exercise.

Get involved in sports leagues

Most kids love at least one sport. Let them try a few until they find one to embrace. As they get active on the field, you can get active supporting them on the sidelines.

Join family runs for charity

In addition to helping your children understand the importance of physical activity, you can teach them about charities and giving back to the community. There are a lot of charity runs all around the country which you and your family can join.

Yard work

Here is one activity that will not only help your kids become healthy, but it will also let them know the value of nature and work ethic. While you're mowing or doing bigger yard work chores, have the kids help with watering plants or pulling weeds. You can also look into kid-sized versions of rakes, shovels, and wheelbarrows to really get them involved.

Walk your pet

Children love playing with pets indoors. Why not let them have fun outdoors with your pets, too? Make a routine out of walking your pets and see how excited the kids and pets get when the door opens for walk time.

It is that time of the year when health and fitness take center stage. It is as important for you as is with your kids to be physically healthy and this can be the start of a healthier life for you and your children.