Apps for Kids, Daily Exercise

Written by: Libby Galin

It’s well documented that all healthy kids over the age of 2 require 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily exercise to promote healthy living. Not only does exercising regularly keep kids healthy and limit obesity, it promotes a healthy lifestyle that children will carry with them throughout their lives. With the decrease in recess times and cutbacks to state wide physical education requirements, more and more of this daily exercise responsibility is left to the parents. Building off of the modern child’s desire for screen time, apps that promote movement are a great way to get in daily exercise.

Here are 10 apps to get you and your kids moving:

·       NFL Play 60 (free) – This app was created in partnership from the American Heart Association and the NFL Play 60 program in an effort to get kids their recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise. Follow the onscreen guide and listen to instructions to run, jump, and turn your character through an onscreen obstacle courses.

·       Iron Kids (free) – This app was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help children safely strength train at home. Using only body weight exercises and light weights, this app comes with 45 minutes of core, lower extremity, and upper extremity workout plans.

·       Move-Like Me ($1.99) – Create your own dance during 2 player mode, or follow onscreen instructions to dance along with your character. This game also works on memory and motor planning.

·       Motion Maze (free) –Help the pirate find his treasure chest by walking or running to move the character, using onscreen arrows to turn him. The faster you move, the faster the pirate moves.

·       Ninja Fitness ($0.99) – Train your customized ninja by completing real life workouts. In order to level up, you must complete a set number of strengthening, agility, endurance, and stretching work outs.

·       Zombies, Run! ($3.99) – This app encourages running through an interactive storyline. Just plug in your headphones and listen to various chapters as you run. But beware, zombies lurk around every corner, encouraging you to run faster to escape.

·       Kids Yogaverse ($3.99) – Go on a yoga journey across the world, all from the comforts of your living room. Using their award-winning book, this app incorporates yoga poses with a self-affirming story.

·       Walkr (free) – Turn your phone into a pedometer with this app. Every step taken is recorded and can be converted into energy later by your spaceship.

·       Johnson and Johnson 7-Minute Workout (free) – This app trains you through 12 exercises of the 7-minute, high intensity workout reported on by the New York Times in May 2013. Each exercise lasts 30 seconds, and the program has a 10 second break built in between exercises.

·       Reminder App (free)– You can use apps like these to set daily reminders to do 20 jumping jacks, go on a family walk, bike ride, etc.

Do you have any apps that get your kids moving? Share them with us below!

Posted on November 03, 2014 at 3:08 PM