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Embrace Your Inner Child to Get in Shape

8 Recess-Inspired Activities that are More than Kid's Play

-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
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Try-It Tip: Be sure that you all take turns being "It." As an adult, being "It" is a good thing as you get the most activity and the best workout!

Reliving some of the most fun and carefree parts of your childhood can be good for your body and your mind. Hopefully these ideas spark some creative ways for you to take the work out of your workouts and turn your fitness pursuits into fun-filled play sessions!
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • great article - 7/28/2013 1:16:10 PM
  • I agree with TWOOFTHREE. BUT it's a great article. - 7/25/2013 9:56:10 AM
  • TABETHA16
    Another FUN way to release your inner child and get exercise is to participate in mud runs! My favorite is www.thebattlegrou
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  • Wow, great article that really brought back the memories. I think I will go out a look for a hula hoop tomorrow. - 10/24/2011 9:35:18 PM
  • Good article too bad some of us weren't always allowed to play when we were kids. I can recall playing Doctor, doctor on a few occaisions (as a break from the routine) in karate class. - 1/19/2011 7:58:20 PM
  • Hadn't thought about all the games I played when I was a kid. It was a walk down memory lane for me. Thanks! - 12/23/2010 7:16:37 AM
  • Hopscotch definitely needs to be added to this list. - 11/20/2010 2:04:08 PM
  • Add to this list, FOLLOW THE LEADER. I used to do this for PE hour when I worked on a ranch for troubled teens. Doing this outdoors on uneven ground can work up a sweat! - 8/31/2010 10:21:52 AM
  • Great memories! Man, I loooved jumprope! But...'Chinese jumprope' was the best, though... that elasticized band around your knees, and two people had to be "ends', unless you could loop one end around an object? All that jumping, walking, running, twirling...I wish I knew some people that were into this, LOL! - 8/9/2010 7:44:19 PM
  • TRISHAJANELLE
    Hopscotch would be a fun one too. - 7/27/2010 4:32:03 PM
  • Love this article! I'm a bit limited to the games I can play due to my blindness, but I can play tag in my pool without worrying about obstacles and I can find the people by their movement in the water. My nephew and I do play "Marco Polo" in the pool and not only am I getting my fitness in, he's learning what it is like for me not to be able to see! I've been wanting a hula hoop and will need to get one! I'm going to talk my husband into an obstacle course with me too! Thanks! - 7/27/2010 3:14:10 PM
  • These are really fun ideas....and it brings back a lot of memories from games I remember as a kid! - 7/27/2010 9:49:19 AM
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