20+ Homeschool PE Ideas – Fun And FREE Ideas To Keep Fit at Home

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I have to admit exercise is definitely my downfall, and incorporating it into our homeschool day has not really happened. Freddie does go to rugby twice a week and swimming but other than that this is something that has slipped. Of course, children run around all day, and with endless play dates, I don’t need to worry. However, I really want to get into introducing a more formal homeschool PE section into our everyday life. Keep reading to discover our favorite homeschool PE ideas.

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The reason I wanted to look at homeschool PE ideas is as much for him as it is for me. I just don’t do exercise at all. In fact any opportunity to do exercise I will shy away from. I am overweight and I really want to get in shape, so I thought if we could do some exercise as a family it would work well. I mean, I can’t give up if I won’t let Freddie give up! What kind of message would that send!

As I am very self-conscious I thought as an initial step we would do some family exercise videos. In the comfort of our own home!!


Although Masterclass is aimed at adults, I had to include these few lessons which my 11 year old son has taken. They are absolutely excellent and are definitely an experience, especially the Stephen Curry class.

Stephen Curry Teaches Basketball Serena Williams Teaches Tennis

Health & Fitness Curriculum

If you are looking for an actual homeschool PE curriculum I highly recommend looking at the Homeschool Teachers curriculum for health & fitness. Once you have subscribed to this curriculum you also get everything else they offer included.

Homeschool PE Ideas For FREE

I have been looking at YouTube for inspiration and thought I would share the best YouTube Fitness Videos we could find.

Free homeschool PE ideas for the whole family

Other Homeschool PE Ideas

We have started to allow one hour at the start of our day to do some sort of exercise. Mostly we watch one of the YouTube exercise videos above. But these are a few other ideas:

  • Skipping
  • Couch to 5k
  • Bike ride (although I can’t ride a bike!!)
  • Running
  • Walking to the park
  • Trampolining (check out the health benefits of trampolining in a previous post.)

Benefits Of Families Exercising Together

The reason I wanted to exercise as a family was for my own selfish reasons if I am honest. If I started exercising with Freddie I wouldn’t be able to give up.

Also, we have such a giggle while doing the exercise videos, especially the yoga ones. I am 41 and unfit, and incredibly inflexible. I often end up on the floor in floods of laughter. But it is something we can do together, for free. While getting fitter. It is an absolute win-win. Although when I can’t move the next day it is not so fun for me!!

It is a great way to start our homeschool day, as we are both so much more motivated. Well in my case I am desperate to sit down and have a break!!

The Benefits of Keeping Fit As A Family

I am classed as clinically obese now, and this is absolutely not something I am proud of. Exercising as a family is my way of showing Freddie this isn’t an acceptable life choice. (I know this is not always the case, but in my situation, I am overweight because I eat too much and don’t do enough exercise.)

Recent research from the University of Cambridge found that if parents were active, their children were 10% more likely to work out. “As a society, we have become more aware of health and fitness, so we are proactive in finding ways to exercise,” says performance and sports psychologist Michael Inglis. “Parents want to be positive role models to their children.”

The best homeschool PE ideas for kids

What is your favorite way of doing homeschool PE? Please let me know in the comments.

Last Updated on 17 September 2021 by homeschoolof1

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  1. PE at school and humiliation I experienced within it is what led to me hating exercise. This is such a wonderful way to make it fun! #KCACOLS

  2. I am terrible at keeping fit. My daughter is now old enough to use the gym where we have our memberships but we don’t go as often as we should. Have you tried the body coach workouts? He does them for schools now too which are aimed at kids #kcacols

  3. I’m a big fan of the couch to 5 k idea. My son loves running and I can have a good walk with him running and my other son riding his bike. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  4. Personally, I really like dancing so that hopefully brings a little bit of fitness with it, even though it’s only dancing around at home, nothing more organised. We do quite a bit of walking and running around while out and about, as well as some swimming, trampolining etc, so I think we’re getting an okay amount of exercise. We’ve tried the Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube too, and I quite liked it, though Penguin wasn’t convinced lol x #KCACOLS

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