It is never to young to have fun with fitness, and the opportunities to mix hiking and yoga abound.
With the mild winter in Southern California, hiking with kids can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get exercise at the same time.
The hiking trails found in Pacific Palisades offer numerous ways for kids to not only enjoy the scenery of being in nature, but also to work on their endurance and cardiovascular fitness.
Cardiovascular fitness of children has declined over the past five years due to factors such as
- sitting in front of screens
- not enough outdoor play
- schools cutting gym classes.
Making fitness part of children's everyday routine goes a long way towards reversing this trend.
One of the best forms of low-impact cardiovascular exercise kids can do on a regular basis is walking. By incorporating simple yoga poses with walking, kids will gain more stamina and endurance.
In order to keep their hiking legs limber, try incorporating these 5 yoga poses on or off the mat:
- Child's pose
- Waterfall pose (standing back bend)
- Ragdoll posture (standing forward bend)
- Triangle posture
- Dog pose.