Strength training workouts for kids, when done correctly, offers many benefits to young children and adolescents. Like yoga, strength training has become another one of my favorite non-competitive activities for my children to complete.
Strength training can add:
- Increased muscle strength and endurance.
- Sports performance improvement.
- Better cardiorespiratory function.
- Helps to protect the child’s muscles and joints from injury associated with other activities.
- Stronger bones.
Like adults, the importance of developing early healthy habits can not be overemphasized. The most important aspect of any youth fitness and sports program is improved attitude regarding physical fitness. When starting early, strength training workouts for kids can help improve their outlook on youth sports activities and can help improve their own self-confidence when completing physical activities.
As a busy mom, I have to make sure I have the energy I need to keep up with my children’s active lifestyle in addition to my own. Between sports practice, tutoring, running my own photography business and blogging, making sure I get the correct amount of protein during the week is virtually impossible. I often find myself snacking on a wide variety of things (healthy and not so healthy) throughout the day, because I can never get the chance to just sit and eat a complete meal.
There are countless articles explaining why you should work out or why you don’t have time to workout. Everyone has a valid reason–it’s called LIFE. LIFE HAPPENS.
Trying to entertain small children while working during the day is a challenge. Trying to drag a toddler with you to the gym so you can workout–pure hell!! One of my daughters favorite movies is Frozen.
When you’re trying to fit in family time after working all week and the only thing you really want to do is just lie on the couch and be left alone, lay back, throw those legs up and do a few bicycle kicks. The best part of this is getting the family involved, especially if you have kids who love mimicking everything you do anyway. Try these exercises below. These moves will get the blood pumping and excite the kids as they wait for the next song. If you’re lucky by the end of the movie they’ll be too tired to do anything else except go to sleep!!
Not in to Disney movies? I’ve been know to do a squat challenge while watching “The Godfather”. (More on the daily squat challenges later.)
You read the title correctly: exercise gear for your dogs. These days with the exercises craze in high gear, and with the New Year approaching, as you finalize those healthy habit resolutions, don’t forget to include your family pet when figuring out your exercise schedule. This is the latest tech and exercise gear for your dogs to get your both ready for a healthier 2018. This gear is perfect for dogs of any breed and size!
Have you ever been around someone with an extremely hyper dog? Regular exercise can improve your dog’s mental health and reduce some behaviors done out of anxiety or boredom.
Fall is here and boy am I happy! With the unbearable heat of the summer is was nearly impossible to get out and do anything fun towards the end.
Now it’s time to turn on our weekend warrior sign and get going with these great fall hikes for you and your dog.
If your like me, not only do you want to get in a great workout, but you also want to take some exciting photos as well; check out my recommendations below!
I have always loved Twin Falls. Its one of the states more beautiful and serene locations. Twin Falls in Sunset, SC. To access the waterfall is an easy 15-minute walk along the .25 mile trail.
If you’re more experienced ( and adventurous) how about a hike up Rainbow Falls? It’s a five-mile hike, but once you reach the destination the view is absolutely breathtaking. Can you image photos here? This rugged trail is absolutely perfect for the couple looking for capturing unique lifestyle photos for their upcoming engagement session. Pretty Place church at the top of the trail is well worth the hike, with magnificent photos waiting for you!
Isaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel
Hike to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel if you are looking for a fun and unique trip reminiscent of a pacific northwest adventure. This trail is perfect for beginners, so those wanting unique outdoor photos, but not yet ready to take on the more strenuous trails would love this place! With a 200 foot cascading waterfall, Isaqueena Falls is perfect year round for photography.
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If you are a parent it’s no secret sometimes children can be a little hyper. We all become restless and it’s perfectly acceptable to take some time and get your ‘wiggles’ out if necessary. So what are the benefits of kids yoga? Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improve.
Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.
If you plan on getting outdoor during these last few weeks of fall or even this winter remember to bring your pets! They’ve outdoors and need the exercises just as much as you do.
Whether your going fishing or for a hike in the woods, remember your pets would love to join in the fun.
Check out these exercises from PetMd.com
- Morning Walk
- Interval Walk
- Dog Tag
- Fetch Races
- Dog Stairs
- Fetch Tease
- Squat Tease
Our dog is much older, while we try our best to keep him active, these days he prefers to stay inside and chill. If you have an older dog, that doesn’t really want to keep moving like he used to, try these indoor exercises that he will love doing.
You don’t need much to get your dog up and moving, finding old toys and clothes around the house will do the trick. Small activities to keep your pups brain stimulated can go a long way during the cold winter months when you can’t make outdoors for too long. Remember your pets are just like small children and need constantly physical activity to keep their muscles working. A few minutes a day is all that’s needed to keep your dog conditioned.
I can’t believe I finally get to write this post. I’ve been waiting 9 long years to host a family holiday at my home and it’s finally happened.
My grandmother baked homemade fresh apple pie and sweet potato. It was perfect.
I created a light snack for those who arrived early and for those of us cooking to munch on.
I handled most of the meal myself, but a few of the side dishes were brought by other guest.
The turkey was delicious! I have to admit I was a little worried and had flashbacks to Christmas Vacation.
Thankfully once it was cut in to I could breath a sigh of relief.
I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Wednesday!! Are you making it through Spring Break okay? I hope you and the kids have been enjoying this week exercise challenges with our family fit time movie workouts. Remember the goal of the workouts this week are to not only build a healthy exercise routine but for your children to also build one as well. These workouts are a great way for you and your children to bond while watching movies and working out! I’m a firm believer in modeling great behavior for your children: if they see you exercising and enjoying yourself they will be more apt to do the same thing.
Toy Story is definitely one of those movies that I can watch over and over again with no problem!! The kids fell in love with this movie the very first time they saw it, which is why we love doing family workouts to this movie.
Family Fit Time today will be all about the abs!! We are focusing solely on our core and working those abs for this one! Get ready!
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We’re almost there!! Which may or may not be a hint for our workout tomorrow 😉 ! Yesterday f;)!y fit time was all about the abs, today we are focusing on the legs! We want them toned and stronger than they currently are, so today we are doing a workout that’s a little more intense. “Brave” is an action-packed movie, so we need an action-packed workout to go right along with it!
If the workout becomes too intense, please feel free to modify these to suit your level.
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