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Keep Up on the Exercise to Keep Up with the Grandkids

Staying active with the grandchildren means more shared interests


NIH/National Institute on Aging

Being physically active can be more fun when you’re with someone you love — your grandchildren.

Here are some tips for being active with those special young ones in your life. Shared time — no matter what the activity — is bonding time.

Infants and Toddlers

  • Take them for walks in the stroller and rides on your bike. Don’t forget your helmets.
  • Play games that get your bodies moving — Wheels on the Bus, Pretend We’re Animals and Hide-and-Seek.
  • Sign up for baby yoga or exercise classes.
  • Try baby-friendly swimming classes.

School-Aged Children

  • Walk to the park and push their swing.
  • Play catch, kickball, basketball or soccer.
  • Go swimming or biking together.
  • Play a video fitness game together and see who wins!

Teens and Young Adults

  • Participate in activities that interest them. Try hiking, fishing, skating or tennis.
  • Go golfing or swimming. Invite them to join you in physical activities that require two people, like doubles tennis.
  • Ask them to help you in the garden or with heavy-duty household chores.

This material is provided by Go4Life, the exercise and physical activity campaign for adults over 50 from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.

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