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Keep Up on the Exercise to Keep Up with the Grandkids

Staying active with the grandchildren means more shared interests


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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