December 8th, 2010
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Can you jump rope?
Can your kids jump rope?
Jumping rope is a wonderful way to keep fit and have fun. It is inexpensive, portable, and really enjoyable! Working with kids in fitness, I try to incorporate jumping rope as a way to enhance their fitness level. Jumping rope increases endurance, agility, and coordination. Kids are quick to pick up the basics of jumping rope and I find they like setting personal best continuous jumps.
Jumping rope can be done individually or in groups, but it still has the same effect. With a lot of patience and practice you could jump as well as the Kangaroo Kids.
Creating a challenge for kids to work towards is a fantastic way to promote positive self-esteem, hard work, and dedication because they are setting a goal and working towards achieving it. Jumping rope also breeds creativity, along with the amount of jumps one can do, the kinds of jumps, and the combination of them all together is all about self-expression, which I love! How many continuous jumps can you get? What kind of routine will you create?
I recently read an article in the NY Times talking about a new kid favorite recipe that hurts my feelings - Spaghetti Tacos! This idea was born on a show called iCarly, and has become a craze among young kids. I know it is all in good fun and kids should have a treat now and then, but it is amazing the way media plays into the foods kids find acceptable. Constant commercials for sugary cereals, fruit snacks, cookies, and other processed foods flood every channel. I do not have cable, but when I do watch tv all the commercials for foods are grain based, sugary, and highly processed. So, when a show like iCarly comes out with Spaghetti Tacos it is just another way to poison the minds of the masses and promote more processed carbs – who needs nutrients and energy from food anyway?
What if iCarly made a fresh salad or a gluten free dessert? What if she found a silly way to promote something healthy instead of a processed carb inside another processed carb?
Kids are now using the recipe at sleepover parties, family dinners, and lunches. I hate to be a party pooper, but I am not a fan of this silly recipe. I am however a huge fan of silly recipes that are full of healthy and nutritious whole foods – any suggestions?
A number of studies have shown that there is a correlation between the amount of sleep a child gets and the progression of their weight gain. With rates of childhood obesity increasing, a study performed by Janice Bell at the University of Washington wanted to know if sleep was a contributing factor.
She looked at federal data collected on nearly 2,000 children and compared those who slept 10 hours or more a night with those who slept less. She also looked at how much the children weighed over a five-year period. The most striking findings had to do with infants and toddlers.
“We found that their napping didn’t have any effect on their later obesity, whereas the nighttime sleep was significant,” Bell says.
Listen to the story: NPR Podcast
I do not believe that sleep is the only factor causing childhood obesity, but I think this it is important to recognize how everything is connected. I think this message is important for everyone of all ages, how have you and your kids been sleeping?
Promoting fitness and overall wellness, I find that it is so important to connect the mind and the body. Hiking and trekking are great ways to strengthen the mind/body connection. Some of the benefits of hiking include;
“Literally, anyone can put on a pair of shoes along with few necessary gears and equipments and start moving into the woods for a little fresh air—this is called hiking. The scenery, accessibility and diverse nature of hiking trails make this heart-healthy pastime attractive for people of all ages, fitness levels and income brackets. Moreover, except few points, hiking and trekking don’t require any special expertise and skills.”
The Health Benefits Of Hiking And Trekking?
Going on a hike is also a nice way to spend time as a family, parents taking action and being physically active with their kids is one of the best ways to pass on healthy habits. Find local hiking near you and reap the benefits that nature has to offer!
I am a huge advocate for getting kids moving, learning about their bodies, and gaining a positive self-image, but I am equally passionate about promoting healthy eating habits! Nutrition is more than half the battle and if we can get kids thinking about the foods they consume now, we are setting them up to win in the future.
Since January, 2010 I have been following a primal/paleo lifestyle and have seen amazing results from clean eating! Consuming whole foods, and eliminating all processed carbs has changed the way I view food as well as diet and nutrition. Imagine a food pyramid that looks like this:
A wonderful resource and great place to gain more information on being primal is Mark’s Daily Apple. Mark helps make this idea of being primal come to life, and the recipes are AMAZING! Another site that helps put things in perspective is Everyday Paleo, started by a busy mother, wife, and coach. She offers recipes, news, and workout tips that can add variety and ease to your day.
Not sure what’s for dinner? How about a primal/paleo feast?