There’s only a few days left until Christmas and if you’re like most parents, you still have more gift shopping to do. This year, add a gift that promotes physical activity to the list! Check out these 10 great items that are sure to get your child moving:

 

1. Trampoline
Trampolines are irresistible fun and definitely a kid-favorite! Not to mention their high-activity nature makes for great cardio and a workout for the core and leg muscles. Check out this well-priced trampoline from Target.

2. Bicycle
Whether giving a child their first beloved two-wheeled friend or getting the bike fanatic in your life the next step up in bicycle technology, bikes are one of the most fun and healthy gifts you can give. Try a PVGlider and teach your child to ride without training wheels!

3. Basketball Hoop
Playing basketball is a comprehensive workout and can also be tons of fun! Get your family out on the court by getting your child a basketball hoop for Christmas. Great options available at Walmart.

4. Skateboard
Another heavy cardio workout-inducer, giving your child a skateboards is also guaranteed to make you the coolest parent on the block. Check out this Shaun White Street Series Skateboard at Toys R Us.

5. Martial Arts Lessons
Though not for everyone, a few months of martial arts lessons gives true physical training with real-life applications, and it’s fun too! Sign up for the Holiday Gift Training Package available at Austin Mixed Martial Arts.

6. Skis/Snowboard
Hitting the slopes is such a fun and exciting activity that families take entire trips just to do it, but it’s also a wonderful way to help  keep your child in shape. Take a look at the options available on Amazon.

7. Boats
For fishing, white-water rafting, nature-watching or even just relaxing cruises, small boats like canoes and kayaks make excellent health-conscious presents that all children can enjoy. Shop local and purchase a kayak or boat from Austin Kayak.

8. Exercise Equipment
Introducing your child to a workout regimen at a young age encourages healthy habits into adulthood. Weight training gear, running shoes, treadmills, heart-rate monitors and work-out programs are just some of the great products in this category. Fitness Zone has some awesome, kid-friendly workout equipment. 

9. Golf Clubs
Family time on the golf course can be a great way to have fun and sneak a great work-out into the day. Check out these junior golf clubs available at Dicks Sporting Goods.

10. Microsoft Kinect or Wii Sports
Technology has really come a long way in the last few years, and now you can combine the
fun and excitement of video games with an amazing cardio experience. Get your Wii Fit from Best Buy for under $100! 

 

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About the Author

Dr. Katalenas

Dr. Katalenas is a pediatrician and owner of The Pediatric Center of Round Rock and the author of the book "The Step Up Diet: From Scratch… The Quality, Quantity, and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity", a guide to healthy cooking and eating for busy families.