Need to Improve your Child’s Fitness? – We’ve Listed 6 Toys to Help


There is definitely not a shortage of children’s toys available on the market today, but it can still be a challenge to find something that will keep your child engaged and active. And as parents, we would prefer not to break our budget on toys in an attempt to keep our children engaged and entertained.

In this guide, we have listed toys that help exercise the areas of activity that have an important impact on your child’s health.


  • Kick Scooter
  • Roller Blades


  • Trampoline
  • Balance Bike


  • Karaoke Machine
  • Water Slide

The Benefits of Improving your Child’s Fitness

There are many benefits to your child being active. Some of these benefits continue into their teen and adult life, such as developing a healthy habit of putting in the time and effort to exercise weekly. Everybody knows the general reasoning for ensuring your child gets exercise, but the more specific benefits are: 

  • Regular exercise helps the growth and development of your child’s muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments, which in turn encourages the development of their gross and fine motor skills. This is because when we exercise, our breathing and heart rate increase to provide more oxygen-filled blood to our muscles. 
  • Exercise has been shown to improve your child’s academic participation and performance. This is because of the increased oxygen-filled blood flow to our brains, stimulating enhanced brain function, resulting in your child’s ability to focus better and for longer. 
  • Exercise can improve your child’s mental health. Exercise helps boost the happy hormones in your brain, which help decrease the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also improves your child’s self-esteem and self-image. 
  • Exercise can reduce or delay diseases or chronic illnesses. These diseases and conditions include diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, etc. 
  • Partaking in a team sport will help your child develop their interpersonal skills. 
  • Exercise can enhance the quality and quantity of your child’s sleep.

The Three Types of Physical Activity and Their Toys

It is recommended that children receive on average 60 minutes of exercise a day. And there are three main areas of activity that your child should exercise every day. If you would like to track the amount of exercise your child gets or their movements for safety reasons, consider purchasing a smartwatch or fitness watch designed for kids. 


Endurance or aerobic activity involves the continuous movement of large muscle groups. It causes your heart and breathing rate to increase, and you work up a sweat. This kind of activity is essential to the strengthening of your heart and lungs. 

Kick Scooter

Kids Riding a Kick Scooter

Riding on a kick scooter is a great cardiovascular endurance activity. Your heart rate and breathing are constantly changing depending on how fast your child is kicking and moving. Increasing and decreasing your heart rate and breathing is an excellent way to improve your endurance because you are constantly working your lungs and heart, strengthening the surrounding supporting muscles that help improve the functioning of these organs. 

Roller Blades

Kids on Roller Skates

Roller skating is another great way to improve endurance. It works the same as scootering. Using large groups of muscles to propel yourself forward drives your heart and breathing rate up; therefore, exercising the surrounding and supporting muscles of the organs improves your endurance. 

Strength/Muscle and Bone Strengthening:

Strengthening your child’s bones and muscles helps with their development and health further down the line. Working against some form of resistance is one of the best ways to improve your child’s strength. Their muscles should be strong enough to handle the daily challenges they will encounter, such as lugging a heavy book bag up a flight of stairs. 


Kids Jumping on a Trampoline

A trampoline might seem like an odd thing to suggest just after we’ve told you that the best way to improve muscle strength is by working against some form of resistance. But what you might not know is that when jumping, your child is working against resistance. They’re working against gravity. 

To remain balanced in the air, your child has to use all their major muscle groups – back, core arms, and legs. This means that all the major muscle groups are working against gravity to keep your child upright, therefore strengthening the muscles. 

Balance Bike

Kids Riding on a Balance Bike

When your child is pushing the balance bike forward, their leg muscles are actively working against the resistance from the friction of the road, and their core muscles are activated to remain balanced. Therefore both the large muscle groups in the legs and core are being strengthened. One of the smaller muscle groups that also get exercised is the muscles in your hands and feet. It might not be noticeable, but strengthening these muscles can improve your child’s fine motor skills and ankle strength. 


Flexibility is a vital activity for your child to practice. Flexibility helps maintain and lengthen muscle length, and it helps prevent the shortening or stiffening of muscles, which helps reduce the risk of injury. It encourages strong muscles and bones, improves mobility, muscle coordination, and good posture. 


Kids Dancing

Dancing is a fun way to improve your flexibility. Before and after every dance session, your child will have a stretching session. While dancing, your child will continue to stretch their muscles. As the stretches and dance moves become easier, your child will be able to go further into each action, eventually permanently lengthening their muscles and improving their flexibility. If you don’t want to pay for dance lessons, consider purchasing a karaoke machine or Bluetooth speaker so your child has music they can dance and stretch to. 

Active Play on a Playground

Kids Actively Playing on a Playground

The running, climbing, falling, and jumping involved in active play encourage the muscles to expand and contract while activated. While their muscles are expanded, they are being stretched. Continually expanding their muscles will improve their flexibility and mobility. If you have the luxury of having a yard and live a distance from a park, consider purchasing a small jungle gym or water slide to encourage your kids to play outside actively. 

Leave a Comment