Back To School – Back To Health!

Make time to move it! Watch today’s segment with 4-year old Max getting active HERE!  

Heading back to school shouldn’t mean the end of activities – if anything it should mean more! After a long day at school, kids should be getting a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise per day, and as a parent you can help! Establishing new routines in the beginning is essential for a successful school year ahead. Lets help fight the statistics that over 30% of kids in Canada are obese, with these fun and easy routines!

 

Hoola Hoop Routine:

Whether or not kids want to exercise, most want to play. Hula hooping is a great way for kids to spin up some exercise without really knowing it. All while working their thighs, abdominals, glutes, and arms!

Move 1: Side to Side – The classic move: Holding the hoop at waist level, start with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. With your hands, push the hoop off a hip so it begins to rotate. As it spins, sway your hips in a side-to-side motion. Perform for 1 minute.

Move 2: Front and Back – Stagger your feet, with toes pointed forward. Hold the hoop at waist level and push it off a hip so it begins to rotate. Perform for 1 minute.

Move 3: The Bump – Stand with legs squeezed together and knees soft, holding the hoop at waist level. With a flat back, lean forward and push the hoop with your hands so it begins to rotate. Lift and lower your body to keep the hoop spinning by bending and straightening your knees; hold abs tight and keep your weight on your toes. Perform for 1 minute.

Move 4: Jump-Throughs – Grab the top of the hoop with both hands and use it as a jump rope! Perform for 1 minute.
*once the entire routine is one time through, do it 2 more times!

 

Skipping Routine:

Skipping for fun has taken a back seat to playing on the computer and watching television…lets change that! Skipping is fun, affordable, and requires a little bit of space!

Move 1: Skipping with 2 feet together: 1 minutes
Move 2: Skipping with 1 foot at a time, alternating: 2 minutes total
Move 3: Skipping with high knees, running on the spot: 1 minute
*more advanced – double unders and figure eights
**once the entire routine is one time through, do it 2 more times!

 

Balloon Game:

This one more so has to be seen versus explained. In a nutshell, blow up a balloon and every time you hit the balloon into the air you must complete a burpee before you hit it up again so it doesn’t touch the ground!
*switch up burpees with sit-ups, squats…whatever your choose!

 

The bottom line for all the routines is to ‘make time to movie it’! After a long day at school kids need to blow off some steam. And building fitness into a daily routine will help keep everyone in good shape, increase their self-esteem, build body awareness, create a sense of responsibly, and overall feel energized!