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12 Days of Fitness 6: (Fitness) Games People Play

12 Days of Fitness 6: (Fitness) Games People Play
We are halfway through the 12 Days of Fitness, with great ideas ranging from helping you lose weight over the Holidays to getting fit with your dog (or cat, if you’re brave). 12 experts from different walks of life share their knowledge and tips with you. It’s free, it’s useful and very much in the Holiday spirit of giving!
Day 6 ushers in PLAYTIME with Jonathan Ross’s article on working out with your kids. Jonathan has an interesting background. He lost his father to obesity (at over 400 pounds) and then helped his mother lose 170 pounds. Jonathan knows what he is talking about when it comes to fitness and weight loss. Among other things, Jonathan is a fitness expert for Discovery Fit & Health, and the host of the web series “Everyday Fitness with Jonathan Ross.” Look through the playtime tips below, and then grab one of your kids and go burn some calories (but don’t tel them what you’re doing! Just play.)

“Get fit with the ‘equipment’ you made yourself: your kids!”

During the holidays, spend 10 minutes every day on a fun activity involving your child or children. Here are some ideas:

  • Play tag in the parents’ bedroom. Since it’s a small space, there will be lots of tagging and the opportunity to dive on the bed a bit will make it irresistible for kids. (Just watch out for lamps and other items that can break or injure someone.)
  • If family are visiting, go ‘old school’ and play Twister. The kids can play the game while the grown-ups designate an exercise for each color, like squats for red and push-ups for blue, etc. Anytime that color comes up, the adults have to do the exercise.

Jonathan Ross Playing with Your Kids


Exercise Add-on Memory Game

  • One person chooses a bodyweight exercise (exercise #1) and performs one repetition
  • The next person chooses a bodyweight exercise (exercise #2) and performs one repetition of exercises 1 and 2
  • The next person (or the first person if only two people are playing) chooses a bodyweight exercise (exercise #3) and performs one repetition of exercises 1-3
  • This continues until someone forgets one of the exercises in the sequence

Fitness games to play with kids

Laundry Basket Lift

Put a toddler in a laundry basket. One adult holds each side of the basket and lifts the basket from the floor to overhead. A fun ride for the little one, a good challenge for the big ones.

Jonathan Ross Fitness


Jonathan Ross brings fitness to those who need it the most. He is a two-time Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE and IDEA), and a fitness expert for Discovery Fit & Health. His book, Abs Revealed, is filled with cutting-edge exercises in a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. He is a also consultant for ACE (the American Council on Exercise). Jonathan can be reached through or on Twitter at @jonathanrossfit.


Did you miss the first 5 tips? Don’t cry, just click:
Day 1 (Keep Exercise Fun), Day 2 (Making the Impossible Possible), Day 3 (Healthy Holidays), Day 4 (Quickie Time), Day 5 (Walk the Doggiesaur)

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