Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Getting Fit Is A Lifestyle Choice - Part 4

Give it a purpose. Research has found that people are more likely to stick to an exercise routine that has an immediate practical purpose. For example, walking a treadmill does not have any immediate practical purpose, but walking your dog does. Riding a stationary bike has no purpose, but riding a bike to and from the grocery store does.

This principle applies to kids as much as it does to adults. If you have a child who can safely bike to school, that would be a practical purpose. Or you could put your child in charge of taking the family dog for walks. Martial arts classes, such as taekwondo or karate are great ways to learn self-defense, discipline and confidence. Team sports such as soccer or baseball also help kids learn life skills such as teamwork and positive self-esteem in addition to being a great way to make friends and spend time with them.

Gymathtics is a great way for kids to learn math skills while being active. In just 30 minutes, they will have a fun workout with a practical purpose. Now that the summer months are here, Gymathtics, which has won numerous awards, including Dr. Toy's 10 Best Active Products, is a great way to keep your kids' minds sharp while they are out of school. Check out our website to learn more and purchase the DVD series.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Getting Fit Is A Lifestyle Choice - Part 3

Use the Pleasure Principle. To help your kids make regular activity something that will last a lifetime, help them find something that doesn't wear them out too much. While it's certainly good for kids to exert themselves, over-exertion will likely lead to burn out and lack of tolerance.

Some sports and activities may be too high-intensity for certain kids. Be sure to talk to your kids about how they feel after the activity and make sure they feel good and revitalized after doing it.

Exploramania can help make sure this happens. Gymathtics is not intense exercise. It is movement and fun activity, combined with learning basic principles of math. It can be done indoors, so there is not need to deal with weather issues that can wear you out, such as heat. It doesn't take long - just 30 minutes - and your kids are sure to enjoy it so much they will want to do it again and again. Go ahead and try Gymathtics today. If you want to learn more about this award-winning program or to order your copy, check out our website.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Getting Fit Is A Lifestyle Choice - Part 2

Once you've helped your children find the right activity, the next step is making sure they have time to do it every day. Kids tend to have a lot on their plates. School can be very challenging, requiring a good deal of homework time. Kids, especially older ones, often have chores at home. When all is said and done, there is not a lot of time left for activity.

The best way to get activity into your child's day is to help him or her plan something specific and to plan it at least 24 hours in advance. Keep in mind that as your kids get older and become adults, life doesn't get any less busy. If anything, they will feel more pressed for time. If you help them get into the habit of daily activity at a young age, they will carry this habit with them into adulthood.

Here are some tips to help make sure your child gets a daily dose of activity

  • Reduce the amount of time spent watching TV

  • Go to bed earlier and do something active before school, first thing in the morning

  • Choose an activity that can be done any time, anywhere, such as Gymathtics by Exploramania

  • Make it something that can easily be done at home. Again, Gymathtics is a great choice!

  • Choose an organized sport that meets regularly for practice and games/competition, such as soccer, baseball or cheerleading

  • Combine activity with family fun outings such as swimming at the beach or playing frisbee at the park

Even when you are pressed for time, remember that Gymathtics is a great solution. It can be done at home, it doesn't matter what the weather is, it takes just 30 minutes and your kids will learn and have fun at the same time.