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1/13/13 12:44 P

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1/13/13 11:48 A

fun stuff like jumping rope and hula hoop
hopscotch, dancing

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1/10/13 8:02 P

How about chasing each other or an obstacle course?

I had my niece over one day. We have a big driveway, that you can put 4 or 5 cars. We made a line with yarn, jumped over that, went around some cone like things, picked up an item, ad had to get it in a laundry basket, take it out, and run around the basket, and all these other tricky things, like hopscotch . You don't see too many ladies my age doing this stuff. A great excuse to giggle. emoticon

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1/10/13 12:21 P

I started at the outdoor playground at the school and local parks. Then , we got into bicycling. I jogged while my daughter biked. Later we biked together. We also did outdoor chores around the yard (stacking wood and raking leaves). As our community grew and we could do sports with the newly developed Recreation Department, she entered games and sports.

She had dance lessons from ages 5 - 17, and played soccer and basketball in high school.

Now, at age 35, she teaches Yoga and Pilates, and performs as an aerial dancer. Of course, she brings her three girls with her to do all these things!

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1/10/13 10:05 A

One other thought our local rec department has a lot of activities for kids that are very inexpensive, basketball, soccer, even gymnastics. They get to be around other kids and get exercise, just try not to over schedule him.

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1/10/13 10:02 A

My girls are 4 and 6. For exercise we do dance parties. We put a CD on, or ITunes play their favorite fast songs and dance for 20-30 minutes to see who can go the longest without quitting. We take turns being the leader and the other two have to do the same moves. They love it, and trust me it gets our hearts beating. When it's my turn I always throw in some jumping jacks or lunges, something to challenge them a bit.
My 4 year old likes to join me in the basement when I ride the stationary bike and turn on the radio she dance and dues laps around the basement, and keeps asking me things like am I healthy now mom?
Also when the weather is nicer we try to walk instead of taking the car. We walk to the pharmacy, walk to the park, ect. This year now that the youngest can ride her bike I believe we will be doing some biking.
Anyway best thing to do is make it fun and have it just be part of your every day life, and of course turn off the TV!

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1/10/13 8:33 A

My daughter likes EA Sports workouts for the Wii. We occasionally do them together. She is our athletic one and like to workout with me, so it is not an issue. My other two older kids are the challenge. We have them take walks/jogs regularly. Maybe just a mile. Healthy food is a regular topic of disscussion. Making them aware of their bodies and the potential health impact of not taking care of them (Hypertension and heart disease on both sides of the family as well as depression on my spouse's side). You cannot exscape genetics, but need to be aware of how good habits can prolong and provide a better quality of life.

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1/9/13 3:01 P

Things like playing tag work great! Or taking him to the park, and while he plays around, maybe you could go jogging or walking. Riding bikes is a great idea too! I remember going on a few bike rides with my mother when I was a kid, and they were really nice memories.

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1/9/13 1:35 P

The Wii is an excellent way to include your kids into your workout schedule. I also find that when the weather is good having your child come for a run with you is a great way to include them. What a great way to teach your young child the importance of eating right and exercise. I sure wish someone had done this with me, maybe I wouldn't have weight issues if they had.

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1/9/13 1:26 P

If you have one, the Wii is very good. WarioWare is designed to get you on your feet and moving and playing mini-games, WiiFit is fun but he may get bored quickly. They're all good tech-friendly ways of exercising: great for winter and the wet.

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1/9/13 1:24 P

We do several things. I often hold dance parties in the basement when I need to get some exercise in. I bring them down with me, we dance, jump, kickbox to the music and we all get some exercise, but it is fun and unstructured. When it is nice out, they ride their bikes, while I jog with them...that is a killer. We also take long walks in the state park by our house. We try to move at a fast pace for a portion of the walk and then turn a portion of it into a nature walk in order to try to find tracks, birds, scat, etc. None of this happens every day by any means, but 2-3 times a week usually.

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1/9/13 12:58 P

We go to the park as a family which includes biking, kickball, baseball, football throwing and playing on the equipment. We do all as a family and not just sit on the bench and watch our kids play. It's cold and rainy now, but once the weather is good again we will be at it.

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1/9/13 12:53 P

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1/9/13 12:17 P

How about taking a walk ? Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise that the entire family could do.

The others are right though, you don't want to associate exercise with losing weight at that age. Exercise should be fun. Ride a bike, toss a ball, play volleyball, basketball, baseball or soccer. try Tae Kwon Do. the martial arts are kid friendly. how about dance lessons ? that's fun too. a friend of mine has her daughters signed up for cheer leading. these are kindergarten age kids.

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1/9/13 11:40 A

Try not to make exercise formal. Kids should be burning calories through play. Try bowling, roller skating ice skating, bike riding, or bundle up and go to the park.

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1/9/13 10:37 A

Something I remember my father doing with my brother and I when we were young was he used to always take us out walking around our property, and we played a lot of 3-man baseball (dad would pitch, one of us would bat, and the other one would catch).

He also used to take us to a football camp that the local college hosted during the summer on Saturday mornings, which was mostly drills, learning how to catch and carry, and then little games at the end. I've got fond memories of those camps, partially because while the college hosted it, the football team did all the work teaching and playing with us.

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1/9/13 10:12 A

Wondering if anyone had an exercise routine that would be good for both adults and kids? Want to teach my son, who is 6, to eat well and exercise. Thought it would be a good idea to exercise as a family, but didn't know where to start. Any help would be great!

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