Why Regular Exercise is Important for Kids

Many of us realize that it is a good idea to get some exercise. Adults tend to think of exercise as a way to lose weight or tone up muscle. It turns out that getting regular exercise is more beneficial than randomly exercising done every so often. This is true for both adults and children. Are your kids getting the regular exercise? Regular Exercise is Important for Children The Mayo Clinic points out that the health benefits of getting regular exercise and physical activity are “hard to ignore”. Of course, some exercise is better than none at all. However, if … Continue reading

Family Health and Fitness Day Is Coming!

Mark your calendar: Family Health and Fitness Day is coming Saturday, September 29th! Now in its eleventh year, Family Health and Fitness day is a chance for you and your family to be active together. Need some ideas for fun family activities? Here are a few things you and your family can do to celebrate Family Health and Fitness Day. Rent Dance Dance Revolution or another dancing game for your video game system. Challenge your feet and your brain by following the arrows to perform dances of varying complexity. You’ll definitely laugh at your missteps, and bur some serious calories … Continue reading

Heelys – Good or Bad For Kids?

Do you know what a heely is? I see them all the time now. When I was substitute teaching at the school, I was constantly reminding the kids they needed to take the wheels out of their heels while they were in the school. Heeling is growing more popular by the day and kids as young as four and five are getting in on the heeling action. So what’s the problem? Fractures & Sprains A study was released yesterday in a pediatrics journal that detailed how 67 children had been treated for injuries directly related to their Heelys. The study … Continue reading

Puzzles & Brainstorming Can Really Give You a Boost

Did you know that when you’re really dragging or finding it hard to pluck up the motivation to do anything that a sound session of brainstorming can not only boost your mood, it can enhance it – creating an environment where you are more mentally and physically alert? School Days I was reminiscing the other day about when I was in school. For five years, I was in a program that started every morning with a series of logic problems that grew increasingly complex along with two-minute mysteries and more. During my recovery from surgery, various friends and family members … Continue reading

The Fitness Blog Week in Review – Dec 30 – Jan 5

Is it already the weekend? Hard to believe that we’ve made it all the way to the first weekend of the first month of the New Year and of course, since it’s Saturday, you know what that means – it’s our first Week in Review for 2007! This week, the Fitness Blog is also proud to introduce a new regular blogger who joins us with a great deal of experience. As a part-time yoga instructor, Clarissa Adkins is going to be a real delight for our readers here in the fitness blog as she brings us the wealth of her … Continue reading

Brain Fitness: Did You Do Your Mental Aerobics Today?

One of my personal resolutions this year was to get my mind back into creative shape. You may think I do this everyday with the writing I provide here in the fitness blog and elsewhere, but like an athlete who gave up equestrian sports to become an endurance walker – both keep me mentally fit, but each challenges a different set of muscles. My Resolution I know that regular exercise performed every day helps to keep me physically active and fit. But I also know that regular exercise can help increase my cognitive abilities and function. I know that daily … Continue reading

Brain Fitness – Defensive Pessimism

I ran across the phrase defensive pessimism in a magazine recently and as I read the description of it, I found myself staring at it and being amazed. You see, because the description I read – was myself to a tee. When confronted with a crisis, we often talk about looking at the worst possible outcome. In defensive pessimism, you take looking at the worst possible outcome a step further. You examine every detail of what could go wrong and how you would in turn respond to it. Two weeks ago, my husband went into the hospital in extreme pain … Continue reading

Family Fitness: Get Back Up

We have special exercise needs. Our families and our children have special exercise needs. Our teenagers have very specific exercise needs and we need to keep this in mind as they develop. They can be far more susceptible to damage from overuse of their joints, bones and muscles during exercise. How many of us have injuries relating back to our teenage years? (I do! I have a bad knee.) Too many of our kids are spending way too much time in front of the television or playing video games online or off. They are not getting the time to run, … Continue reading

Kid Fitness: Red Light, Green Light

Have you ever played red light, green light with your little ones? The principle of the game is pretty straightforward. You say red light and your kids stop. You say green light and they start racing around or moving. Red light, stop. Green light, go. We started playing this particular game with our daughter when she was just 2 years old and by the time she was three, she knew what it meant. Red Light: Stop. Green Light: Go. This system can be applied to our activity levels, our eating choices and more. We teach our kids what’s good and … Continue reading

Kid Fitness: A Guide for Physical Activity

So how much activity should you child engage in regularly? How much is enough? How much is too much? How do you weigh one activity against another? With childhood obesity the rising concern of many parents, it’s important to understand how to engage your kids in activity and what the definitions of activity and inactivity are. Everyday Activities Everyday activities are the kinds of activities where our children should be spending most of their activity time. So what is included in everyday activities? The following are a sampling, though they are going to be different from child to child: Riding … Continue reading