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What Counts as Cardio?
When play is the primary mode of exercise, how do you know if it's really, well, exercise? Here's a list of fun home cardio activities that qualify—ranging from most heart-pumping to least
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It burns more calories per minute than just about any other type of aerobic exercise.
Running around the yard playing with the dog
All that chasing really gets little heart rates up.
Splashing and kicking in the kiddie pool
Swimming helps build flexibility, endurance, and muscle strength (water adds 12 times more resistance than air).
Jumping in a bouncy house
Yes, it's super fun, but it's also good aerobic and resistance exercise that improves balance.
Dancing in the living room
Not as high-energy or high-impact as running, but it does get a kid's whole body moving.
Riding a tricycle
It gives legs a good strength- and endurance-building workout.
Digging for worms
It really is exercise, thanks to all the squatting, standing, and arm work involved.