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Not all kids like sports... but all kids like fun. So the challenge to get your kids to exercise is to make it fun.

Here are 4 great exercises that your kids won't realize are exercises!

It's a start but be sure to keep looking for more ways to entertain and exercise your children. Kids get bored fast, so variety if the spice of an active life!

1. Hopscotch
Hopscotch is a great way to get the heart pumping. A good game of hopscotch can take up to 15-20 minutes to play. It's a super-cheap exercise... all you need is chalk. Not sure how to play?

To start the game, stand behind the line and throw the stone onto square. Hop over the stone onto square 2 and continue to hop to square 3. Jump with both feet onto squares 4 and 5, hop onto square 6 and jump with both feet onto squares 7 and 8. To come back the other way, jump and turn at the same time and retrace your steps. When you reach square 2, stand on one foot and bend down to pick up the stone. Return to the line. Continue the game by throwing your stone onto square 2 and repeating the hopping, jumping, and turning. You lose your turn when you miss the square with your stone or when you step on or over the line. Leave your stone in the square to be repeated if you're playing with friends. Try to complete the path through the hopscotch from square 1 to square 8 and back again.

2. Jump rope
Jumping rope is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise for kids. Keep it interesting with jump rope games that can involve friends and neighbors too!

3. Basketball
Children enjoy playing basketball... and I can vouch dads do, too! Kids can play solo, one-on-one or full-fledged games with their neighborhood buddies. If a child spends hours running and jumping, he or she is burning a lot of calories and toning muscles. Plus, they'll retain great memories for life if mom and dad join the fun.

4. In-line Skating
In-line skating is not only a cool sports for young people but it also provides a spectacular cardiovascular workout. Be careful though: in-line skates can be bulky, uncomfortable and too rigid for children to really enjoy skating for a long period. Shop for kid-friendly skates, wind 'em up and watch them go!

The bottom line: turn your kids on to fun workouts and they'll do them more often.

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