Music is a great tool for affecting the emotions. It can be used for relaxation, for inspiration, or motivation. Music can help you get excited and it can get your body moving. In fact, kids exercise music is a great way to get kids off the couch and on the “dance floor.”
Music encourages people of all ages during exercise. Depending on the style and preference, music can stimulate the brain and help you go farther than you thought you could. You may find yourself running longer or lifting heavier weights. This is turn helps you feel good physically and mentally. Kids can be affected the same way by music during exercise.
Kids connect with certain songs and all you have to do is figure out the songs they like. While there are many great kids CDs available, don’t just limit their musical understanding to kids choices. This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to a world of music.
My family loves to listen to 80s music, including the kids. The pop music is fun and there are many songs they ask to listen to over and over. Thankfully, because they have discovered this music, we aren’t stuck listening to “Itsy Bitsy Spider” every time we turn on the CD player or we’re driving in the car. Not that there’s anything wrong with “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
Try just about any upbeat music to see if your kids like it or not. They will be quick to tell you what they think. One of my daughters loves fast music. If there’s ever a song that’s even slightly slow she’ll ask me to change it. As far as music selections, I do recommend that you refrain from anything that has dirty lyrics or is hard core. There are some things, I believe, that kids don’t need to be exposed to yet.
Once you discover which songs they like, make a CD that you can play for them at any time. This music can be played as background music while your kids exercise with fun games. It will encourage them to exercise harder. Or, just turn on the CD and let them dance in the living room. Dance with them and you can teach them some new dance moves.
Of course, music can also be used to help your child calm down. Play some classical music when it’s nearing nap time or if they seem too wound up. Since music is very powerful, use it to your child’s advantage to keep them healthy.