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Water Aerobic Ideas for Kids

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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
Water Aerobic Ideas for Kids
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Water aerobics is an ideal way to help your child get fit. An article published in the Journal of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology found that group aquatic exercise is an excellent form of exercise for children and was even beneficial for children with disabilities. If your recreational center doesn't currently have a water aerobics program for children, you can bring your children to the pool and engage them in water aerobics ideas for kids to get them moving and keep them fit.

Warm Up

Warm your child up to being in the water by allowing him to engage in "free play" for five minutes before you begin your exercise routine with him. Toss a ball into the water and throw it back and forth, or have your child dive for rings at the bottom of the water. If your child is not yet a proficient swimmer, make sure that he is wearing a flotation device to assist him, and instruct him to float and kick around to get warmed up.

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Splashing and Kicking

Children love to splash and kick in the water. Start your water aerobic exercise by instructing your child to get a kick board, lean on it with her upper body and see how big of a splash she can make with her legs. Make sure that you do this away from other swimmers who could get annoyed by all the splashing. Or, have her kick her way across the pool. Kicking is good cardiovascular activity, and should get her heart rate pumping and glutes warmed up, says weight loss site Inch-Aweigh.com

Poolside Shuffle

The side of the pool is often a safe haven for children while swimming. But it can also be a good way to rev up the heartbeat and work the arms at the same time. Starting at one end of the pool, challenge your child to race by shuffling along the side of the swimming pool only. His arms should be the only thing propelling him forward. Head out on opposite sides of the pool, noting that whoever gets to the other end of the pool first wins.

Water Run

The water provides the ideal amount of resistance for children when running in the water. Running in the water will likely feel strange to your child at first, but encourage her to move her arms and legs as if she were running on land. If she needs added resistance, use a kickboard held in front of her to displace even more water and make it harder to walk, suggest the Ohio State University Medical Center.

Noodle Race

Pool noodles, the cylindrical flotation devices found at most pools, are excellent aerobic tools in the water. Instruct your child to straddle one as if he were riding a horse. Do the same, and then race around the pool. Remember that pool noodles are not certified flotation devices, only toys, and they should never be used in the place of a flotation device for a child who does not know how to swim. As long as your child is a proficient swimmer, you can use them for noodle races and other games.

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