Help! My Kid Hates Exercising!

I love to go on long walks. Especially now that it's getting warmer out, Let's Go! 

Walking is probably my favorite form of exercise. I enjoy being outdoors, in nature, breathing in all the fresh air, taking in the view. Perfection! 

Walking with my kids is sometimes hard to do, especially if they do not want to walk. My little one is 6 years old and will still ask to be held when he starts to get bored or just tired of walking. 

Help! My kid Hates Exercising!

How do we keep our kids entertained when walking?

How can we encourage them to keep walking when they would rather just be held? 

Here is what I do to try to encourage my kiddos to keep walking. 

#1 Ask them to gather a collection of their favorite leaves they find along the way. 

#2. Find a good throwing stick or two and save it for when we get to the bridge and we'll throw it over and watch it float under the bridge to the other side. 

#3 Bring a small magnifying glass to inspect bugs we find along the way. 

#4 Play follow the leader. 

#5 Race to a certain point close by. This momma doesn't run unless something is chasing her. That is why it must be to a certain point close by, but if you are a runner then make it a farther distance. Go for it!

#6. Count how many different animals we see along the way. 

#7. Sing songs. Their favorite fun, silly songs. Loudly. 

#8. Try the bike. Sometimes riding their bikes while I walk works great to stop the complaining. 

#9. Invite a friend of theirs to join along. They are more likely to forget that I'm forcing them to do this horrible, terrible thing called walking when they have a buddy tagging along to distract them. 

#10. Do not debate about it and make it a regular routine. We are going to get some exercise in and today is the day that we will walk. They seem to be more okay with walking when it is a regular routine. 

Help! My Kid Hates Exercising.

These work for my kids and hope they work for you. Do you have any tricks of the trade to encourage your kids when they start complaining about exercising?  

More than Blessed, 

Starla J. 


  1. These are all really good ideas - I have done many of them myself at one time or another. Have the battle is the "I'm bored" part of walki. ng, so tips for keeping them thinking and moving at the same time area really great

    1. Thank you, Dana. The struggle is real! LOL

  2. My two kiddos are 8 and 17 months. One is in a stroller still and the other walks along great. Will definitely be using these tips with my youngest sooner than later.

    1. If you come up with any new ones, let me know! :)

  3. These are some great ideas. I love going for evening walks with my daughter. We try to go most evenings except during the winter. My favorite idea is the magnifying glass. She is going to love that.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great ideas to make exercising a fun activity! I like singing, and I'm an adult. :) Sometimes singing praise songs to God is great way to relax and get rid of stress while you walk. Stopping by from Christian Women Blogs! Thank you!

    1. Absolutely!! I love it to. Doesn't mean I'm good at it, but I enjoy it. LOL

  5. These are awesome tips! We go on hikes on trails with wide paths so the kids can explore, get exercise, and I don't have to worry about cars or narrow paths.

  6. This is an excellent article, and I love your ideas! Thank you for sharing it on the Laugh and Learn Link-up. We are featuring you this week as one of our favorites!:-) Please come check it out. Thanks again.

  7. Great tips here. I am a sports mum so I would struggle if my kids hated exercising. All I could think of is monkey see , monkey do as a way of encouragement

  8. It is pretty tough when they are really young. I'm a runner so was always after ways to run...with a pram, round and round a park etc. Now they are 5 and 7 and I have trouble keeping up with them on scooters and bikes!

  9. Thanks for the great tips. We walk to school every day and my three-year-old rides his bike as he walks very slowly and complains. Totally agree with your last point about making it routine. Will need to make more of an effort to get out now we are on school holidays! Thanks for sharing on my #BlogFairLinkParty at

  10. Great tips! Getting kids to exercise doing fun things is key! Visiting from Mommy Monday Blog Hop!


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