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1/1/12 4:37 P

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TV day is a great idea! Plus, I love that there are so many free/cheap suggestions included. I personally can't afford to have my kids in sports year round. It's nice to see there are so many ways to incorporate an active lifestyle without breaking the bank!

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4/19/09 8:35 P

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My son is 10. He is usually always in a city recreation program, like basketball, flag football, soccer... This last summer, we started training together for the youth triathlon (for kids). It was a short swim in shallow water, a 2 mile bikeride, and a 1/2 mile or 1 mile run (can't remember). It was fun to have something for him to train for. We would jog together 4 days a week....alternating with walking... It was a nice way to hang out together.

Also, he is now in Kenpo Karate and definitely gets a great workout in that class!! We are running again. And I am going to start taking him on hikes with other moms/kids. Group hikes. I bought him a hiking waist pack with two water bottles in it, and I stuffed it with some tiny binoculars, a compass, magnifying glass, and protien bars, jerky, sunflower seeds... I can't wait to go hiking!

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4/14/09 12:38 A

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GREAT ideas...I'll have to try them with my 10 year old daughter! I'm new to the Team~get to know me better by checking out my Page: )

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4/7/09 8:49 P

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My son's easy. We signed him up for T-Ball and he's learning to ride his bike. He's also excited about restarting swimming lessons this summer. I think the little ones are usually pretty good at being active as long as we give them something to do. That may be harder for the older kids.

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4/7/09 8:47 A

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I love the square idea, that is brilliant!

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10/19/08 10:10 P

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Turn the t.v. off. We have a designated "t.v. day" and the rest of the week it's off (unless I really need to get stuff done in the house and my kids are being obnoxious!). :)

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1/4/08 5:33 P

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My nine year old and I thought up a game. We got a small ball and stood 8 ft a way from each other and tossed it back and forth the one who drops it has to do the excersise that the other suggests and for how long. Like run in place,sit ups, push ups, jumping jacks,Hop on one foot, the twist, fake karate. We even got some small weights for curls. Completed as reps or for seconds.The possiblities are endless. I thought of making a spinner board for when we play. He enjoyed it very much.

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12/3/07 3:55 P

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hi everyone....here's an idea that im about to try....my oldest daughter is very over weight to be only 10yo...so one day i was flippng through the channels and i saw celebrity fitness and the girl on there was doing hip hop dance and both my girls really loved it...and they were both doing it...so what im going to do is buy some hip hop dance instruction videos and see how it goes.....i'll post again to let u know

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8/23/07 11:17 P

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I really like the squares idea. Also, the kids have a class at the Y where they do 45 minutes of swim instruction and 45 minutes of some type of P. E. activity. It has been a great program for us. I'll also check out the Presidents Challenge. Thanks for the ideas.

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SHEILA63 Posts: 8
8/19/07 7:45 P

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My 8 year old daughter likes to "teach" me "jazzercise". She makes up routines and I follow along. I don't know about the Jazz part, but the exercise part is there. We also set up obstacle courses in the yard with hula hoops, mini pilons (from a Soccer game), landscaping timbers (balance beams), and the trees, swingset, soccer ball, horse shoes, anything. Just gather everything together and decide what you're going to do with each item. For example: jump from hoop to hoop, run around the oak tree, kick the soccer ball in and out of the pilons, run to the jump rope and jump 10 times, run over the balance beam, then to the swing set and cross the monkey bars to finish. Time everyone with a second hand and see if you can beat your best time.

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8/16/07 12:13 P

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Our gym does offer a kids fitness class once a week. A few of us are trying to get it offered at least twice. The classes at Jazzercise are open to kids age 8 and above, we will probably enroll our 11 year old daughter there. I feel that my 8 and 6 year old duaghers would benefit more from sports and are looking into organizations that will play all players such as upwards. It seems that many of the kids sports teams are very competative and unless you enroll them as toddlers they do not teach skills.

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8/1/07 8:08 A

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If your child wants to try sports but isn't competitive or is shy about joining a school sport, try the local YMCA. You could enroll them in swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, or even the YMCA Kids Summer Camp- they take the kids for walks and do outdoor activities and sports.

Also, going on walks on the weekends (even through the mall) is a great way for your kids to get exercise.

The thing that I think is great, is praising your child for exercising- and not being down on them for their weight. It is always good for the child to be able to view exercise as great and fun- not a burden.



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LATASHA_PITT Posts: 197
7/26/07 7:25 P

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I don't know what you have around your area. But we have several lakes in all directions of our town. Most of them have hiking trails that I take my girls on. This is one of their favorite activities. And it's so educational too. Any way the girls and I pack a light backpack with bottles of water, a light lunch, and a piece or two of fruit like apples, and oranges. The fruit is for our "mini breaks" After we stop for a lunch break. Then we turn around and head back to where ever we park the car.

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7/26/07 1:44 A

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I have gathered a few great ideas as far as the charting the blocks and marking them off and we go for a mile walk every evening after dinner my son is 6 but he enjoys the walks. I'm looking for more ideas for us to do around home or outside rather than attending a gym. Let me know if you have one I really appreciate it! Thanks

 
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LATASHA_PITT Posts: 197
7/25/07 8:22 P

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That is so cool that you have that.
And what a great idea with the squares.


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7/25/07 4:48 P

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my nieces live on a street that makes a mile loop... they are 10 and 14... we made a chart with 100 squares. we get to put our initial in a box every time we do one lap... when the three of us have done 100 miles, we are going to go a movie... the person with the most initials on the board gets $10.00 shopping money for a trip to the mall... not to be spent on a "food reward"

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7/25/07 9:28 A

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my teens have fond memories of their mom running while they rode bikes, most of the time I was chasing them. Both of them took karate as well

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LATASHA_PITT Posts: 197
7/24/07 10:08 P

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My 8 year old loves Karate class. And its great because it's not an activity that focuses on any one body type. Also her, her sister and I love to go on family bike rides and walks. She does get tired of walking. But if we go to a nature trail and go hiking instead. She does much better.

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7/24/07 7:55 P

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Hi! I went to the Presidential Challenge website but could not find the sign up for kids. Is there a specific link to click on? Thanks for the tip!

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7/24/07 12:14 P

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My daughter is 14 now, but when she was 12, we joined a gym together. I live in Austin, Tx and the heat here kinda keeps us from doing any outdoor activities for most of the year. We do try and go swimming as much as possible and it always helps her if I can bring a friend along. They seem to do better in pairs. smile.
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HEATHER-J Posts: 138
7/18/07 3:21 A

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My girls like to ride their bikes. We live a few blocks from a bike trail that is 10 miles long. We go almost a mile. I also let them ride their bikes if we are dong walking erands around town.

 
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7/17/07 4:19 P

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This reminds me of another tip you can use to get smaller kids walking more. My 6-year-old doesn't get more than 2 blocks from home before she starts complaining that she is tired. I keep her distracted from the walking by playing Eye Spy, which also helps make the walk that much more fun!

 
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7/17/07 4:10 P

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My 6 year old son and I joined the Y together. They have great programs for both of us. He enjoys Karate, gymnastics, and swimming. We have also started the tradition of taking a 1-3 mile saturday walk together. He enjoys the nature and spending quality time with Mom. I also sign him up every summer for a sports camp. This year he is learning teamwork and having fun playing dodge ball. All in all I do everything I can to keep him having FUN while moving. We buy lots of outdoor games and equipment. Just this weekend we gave badmitten. We are trying to make exercise fun and a family event.

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7/17/07 2:46 P

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Thanks for the tip, we were just talking about this the other day, we used to compete back in elementary school for this!

I actually found it on

http://www.presidentschallenge.org

good looking out,I'm signing my daughter up today!!

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7/11/07 5:49 P

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Get them involved in the Presidential Challenge, it lets them earn points for activities and the points earn them bronze, silver and gold medals.

You can sign up at PresidentialChallenge.com

It is a great site, I have my grandson on it and he is earning points towards his bronze medal.

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7/11/07 5:31 P

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Share your tips on activities to get your 6-12 year old moving!

The National Association for Sports and Physical Education recommends that school age children get 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Here are some tips on getting your school age child more active everyday.

• Kids learn by the examples we give so make physical activity a family affair. Take a daily walk after dinner or schedule a family day once a week and choose a fun activity to get involved in.

• If you go to the gym regularly, find out if your gym offers special programs for children. If so, sign them up and take them along with you.

• Get your kids involved in after-school or summer sports activities such as soccer, baseball, or basketball.

• Let your kid be a kid. Bike riding, playing tag, and skateboarding are great activities to keep your kids fit. Allow them plenty of free play everyday to get the exercise they need.

• Limit the time your kids spend doing sedentary activities such as watching television, and playing on the computer, playing video games or choose video games that promote movement such as Wii Sports or Dance Dance Revolution.

• Keep a variety of sports equipment and outdoor toys on hand such as horseshoes, lawn darts, hula hoops, and jump ropes.


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