The statistics on childhood obesity are staggering and getting worse. Kids are not getting the appropriate physical activity each day. Parents are busier than ever, schedules are a full as they can be, and t.v. and video games are now the activity of choice for many kids. Not only is exercise hard to find time for, it's not fun for everyone.
1. A little screen time as a family doesn't have to involve sitting on a couch! Get moving as a family with this fun Wii game called Get Moving Family Fitness, hosted by Brooke Burke. Create your own characters and explore exotic locations while you attempt over 15 sports challenges! Mom, Dad and the kids can have a competition to see who wins!
2. We love GeoPalz in our house! These adorable digital step counters can be worn on a bracelet, your hip or even your shoelaces and will inspire your kids of all ages to keep moving! Choose from tons of styles for girls and boys of all ages like; butterflies, skulls, rock and roll icons and sports themes. Siblings will try to "out step" each other and attempt to beat mom and dad! For older kids, they can even log their steps and get online rewards!
3. Most kids will watch some t.v. each day, but it's important to choose the right programs! We love the new JiggiJump series on KidsCBC– 5 minute intervals of cardio between their favourite shows! Award-winning Duo Judy and David encourage your child to move and sing with them and their active kangaroo!
4. No need to take the iPad or iPod out of your 4 year old's hands with free fitness apps for kids, like MotionMaze. MotionMaze, is a cool maze and puzzle game powered by your child's movement. Help Captain Mapp (super cool pirate) get through the treasure map mazes as quickly as possible by walking or jogging in place. Get up and get moving!!!
5. Can reading help you stay active? Sure it can! momstown moms love literacy and this fabulous series by Len Saunders who wrote the books in an effort to help motivate children to enjoy exercise, and start healthy habits at a young age. His two PTPA award-winning books from the "An Adventure in Exercise" book series are designed to teach young children how to read and exercise simultaneously. The children relate to the characters and even try exercises with Joey the Kangaroo online! These books will make fitness fun.
6. If you are a yoga-lover yourself, get your kids to have fun with cool and creative poses using the Phresh Kids yoga mat. Phresh Kids is an innovative physical fitness program performed on the specially designed Phresh Mats printed with shapes that are a 'map' for properly aligning bodies. The playful iconic symbols guide positions and the "Flow & Phreeze' curriculum's fun game format (with poses like flow yoga, breakdance "phreezes", core strengtheners and martial arts) makes it easy to get kids of all abilities and ages physically active.