Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Getting Fit Is A Lifestyle Choice - Part 1

According to Matt Fitzgerald, a journalist and author specializing in the topics of health, fitness, nutrition and endurance sports training, about 50% of people who start a new exercise program abandon it within three to six months. He says that we have an evolutionary trait that makes us want to avoid unnecessary exertion. Simply put, people are lazy! And to create an exercise habit that will last, you need to overcome this instinctive trait. When it comes to our kids, it's great if we can help instill this habit at a young age, so that it becomes part of their life and something they will carry into adulthood.

Fitzgerald discusses six effective tricks to help us in this process. One is finding the right fit. Over the next few weeks, we'll talk about how this and the other five tricks relate to our kids.

In terms of finding the right fit, it's simply a matter of finding something you enjoy. With your children, help them explore different ways to become fit and find an activity (or activities) they will enjoy enough to stick with. Last month, we highlighted the importance of focusing on activity as opposed to exercise. This is important to keep in mind as you help your child find what's right for them. Children also enjoy variety. Just because they have loved soccer for the past 4 years doesn't mean you can't introduce them to something new. The point here is not to push them to do something they don't like. If your child tries something and doesn't like it then move on to something else. Gymathtics is an easy solution to finding something fun for your kids. Whether they do it once a week or every day, they will have fun, get fit, and learn a lot a the same time.

When you help your kids find something they like to do, it will naturally become a habit. Once a child finds the right thing for them, they can't get enough of it. So when you put that Gymathtics DVD in your DVD player, just leave it in. They'll want to watch and do it again and again and again. And to make Gymathtics even more fun, be sure to check out all the other great products from Exploramania, too.
Stay tuned for our next blog where we'll talk about more ways to make getting fit a lifestyle choice for your kids.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Get Active For The Summer

It may be hard to believe, but the school year is almost over and summer is practically here! The Exploracise Gymathtics DVD has received many awards, including the Dr. Toy Vacation Products Award which was awarded last June. In Florida, as in other parts of the country, it can be too hot or rainy to do outdoor activities and safe indoor alternatives are important.

In addition to being active like the Wii or other exercise videos for kids, Gymathtics incorporates educational concepts to keep their minds active too. During the summer months while kids are on break, Gymathtics exercises kids minds and bodies with learning math facts and healthy lifestyle concepts during a 30-minute workout.

The combination of exercise with multisensory learning actually helps children learn the information more completely increasing retention and understanding of concepts. The best part about the program is that kids are having so much fun doing the exercise routine that they don't even realize they are learning.

The Award Winning Exploracise Gymathtics DVD and other exer-gaming products are a great way for busy parents to keep kids active while at home over the summer. Visit Exploramania.com to learn more about the product and see a short video clip.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Active Learning - it's fun and it works!

At Exploramania, our vision is to bring learning to life through interactive educational experiences. Scientific research shows that both multi-sensory learning, in addition to exercise, partnered with learning, have been proven to produce significantly higher recognition and recall. Through the award-winning Exploracise® DVD series and other creative products, we seek to enrich the minds and bodies of children everywhere.

The power of our products' educational experience lies in the way it uses 2 separate methods to strengthen the connections in the brain made during learning.

The first method, learning with multiple senses, takes advantage of the synergy that occurs when learning occurs using more than one sense. In our educational DVDs, the participant hears the educational information from the TV, views that information on the TV, and using exercise and muscle posing, kinesthetically acts out the educational concept being described.

Scientific studies of the brain have demonstrated the application of these concepts. When multiple senses are used to learn information, that information is learned significantly better and with better memory recall than when information is learned with only one sense.

This allows information to be learned in a more efficient (requiring less time) and more comprehensive (better understood and retained) manner.

The second method, neural growth factors, takes advantage of the powerful growth factors for learning and memory created in the brain during exercise. These growth factors, BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) and IGF-1 (insulin growth factor 1) with others lead to the actual growth of new nerve cells and significant improvement in the connections between existing nerve cells in the brain

The end result of these "new and improved" nerve cells is faster and better learning.

The combination of multi-sense learning with neural growth factors produced during exercise allows the viewer of our educational program to learn the knowledge being presented faster and more completely than any other method in existence today.

Exploracises Gymathtics DVD Series uses the best techniques of the 21st century to teach and help the viewers of our program learn math concepts better and more comprehensively while getting quality healthful exercise. Get your copy today by visiting our website or amazon and start introducing your kids to a fun new way to learn!!