Take a 5-Minute Fit Break

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As parents, we can sometimes forget the importance of health education in our children’s lives. From teaching them healthy eating habits, to the importance of going to the doctor for checkups, to being physically active for at least 60 minutes each day.

Physical activity is as important for children as it is for adults. Did you know that one out of three American children and teens are overweight or obese? Not only does exercise help control weight, but it can also reduce blood pressure and increase your HDL (good) cholesterol.

Being active can help children gain self esteem by improving their physical well-being, and there are ways to make physical activity fun and enjoyable for your children and the whole family.

It is important to learn healthy habits at a young age. Here are a few “exercises” that you can do with your children anywhere, and they can be a lot of fun!

Exercise #1: Kick It Off – Front Kicks

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Stand with feet shoulders width apart. Place your kicking leg in the rear. Lift the knee of your kicking leg up as high as you want to aim. Extend your leg out with your toes pointing so that your shoestrings would hit the target without over extending your knee. Bring your foot back to the high knee position and return your leg back to standing.

Exercise #2: Get Crazy – Twisting Crab

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Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front. Place your palms on the floor behind your shoulders. Bend one leg while keeping other leg extended. Push through the heel of your bent leg and at the same time push through the hands lifting your hips and extended leg up. Carefully balancing, take the opposite hand of the extended leg and reach towards your extended leg. Return back to starting position and perform on the other side.

Exercise #3: Work that Core – Back Plank

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Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front. Place your palms on the floor behind your shoulders. Push through your hands lifting your hips up. Your body should be forming a straight line from head to heels. Look up, squeezing the core and glutes. Hold this position for a set time.

Exercise #4: Reach for the Sky – Fruit Tree

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Standing with your feet shoulders width apart, extend both hands up high. Imagine picking fruit from a tall tree one arm at a time. Every time you extend one of your arms, breathe out. Breathe in while you’re switching to the other arm. Continue picking your fruit on the other side. Repeat slowly for a set amount of time.

Want more?

Here are some more fun exercises that you can do with your kids:

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