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DVD-A-DAY #24: Denise Austin's Fit Kids


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Denise Austin's Fit Kids is an exercise video for...um, kids. The 20-minute workout consists of a warm-up; some dancing and kickboxing; a little strength training; and some yoga stretches. The DVD also includes a 20-minute Family Fit program aimed at...well, families.

I did the Fit Kids routine with a pair of 6-year-olds, who chose it over Family Fit, "Because we're kids!" Although the video is recommended for children 8 and up, and features a cast of kids who are mostly older than that, the twins kept up pretty well, especially the girl who has been taking dance lessons for a few years. They both especially liked the strength and stretch parts, and she said that when it was over she wanted to lift weights in the basement to get even stronger.
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While I felt far from "pushed to my limits," the cardio moves Denise does with the kids are basically simplified versions of standard aerobics class fare and can be performed with enough intensity to get your heart rate up. Same goes for the strength exercises, which include modified triceps dips and full push-ups.

Fit Kids is a little cheesy, of course, but I think the more options for getting kids interested in exercise and becoming more physically active the better, and this is a challenging offering from a well-respected, trustworthy name in the industry.

Fun tidbit: two of the girls in the video are Denise's daughters.
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RHEYNKLW 4/25/2012 11:57AM

    I feel the same way. Did you read the recent article in the Health News section about the additional issue of other kids rejecting overweight children as friends and playmates? Looks like the "fat-ism" trend has finally trickled down to the youngest Americans, which is so sad because linking physical activity to social pleasure helps kids see it as a part of everyday life instead of a burden or an obligation. I've been doing quite a bit of research and work on youth wellness programming lately, and though I hate to say it, in communities where all the resources -- from school, to neighborhood initiatives, to information, activities, programs, and support available on the internet -- are there, the gap seems to be in the home.

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TERRIEHICKS 4/25/2012 12:44AM

    Getting kids active now a days is so important. I had to do a paper on childhood obesity and the information I gathered was mouth dropping and that was about 5 years ago. I do feel lucky that my two boys do not have a weight problem. When I pick up my youngest son from school there is a boy who is probably in 4th grade at the most...he is so over weight and his parents pick him up when they live in the neighborhood that is literally right next to the school. I personally think he needs to walk home. He runs maybe 10 feet is so out of breath that you would think he ran a mile. It is really very sad to see because that little boy is going to have so many health problems with the extra weight he is carrying. When my boys were younger I did a lot of Tae-bo so I got one geared towards kids...my boys were not interested because they liked doing the other one with mom. My youngest would even pick up 3 lb weight and strenght train with me (he was maybe 4 at the time)~it was so darn cute. Sorry this is so long I guess I had a lot to say about kids exercising...sorry!

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