Saturday, May 01, 2010
Did you know that May is National Fitness Month? With obesity levels among kids rising to alarming rates, there's no time like the present to start making good choices for our kids, not only with what they eat but also with what they do. With the days growing longer and the weather getting better, May is the perfect month to take your kids outside to play!
To celebrate, and to participate in the annual National Fitness Month awareness campaign, My Gym Fitness Center is holding a Family Fun & Fitness Day today, May 1, with fun activities, enrollment discounts and special offers at select My Gym locations (go to www.mygym.com to check events and schedules at your local My Gym).
My Gym has also launched a baby and toddler fitness DVD, My Gym At Home, for parents bring some of My Gym's fun programs and exercises home to do with their children at home. I was given a copy of the DVD to review, read below to see what I thought of it:
Here's a description of the video from the distributors, Baby First TV:
Hosted by My Gym personality Monique Vranesh, My Gym At Home is a fitness title program aimed at children 3 and under featuring exercises designed to assist in the formation and development of children's motor skills, flexibility and social skills. My Gym's team of children's fitness professionals joined together with BabyFirstTV's educational experts to develop and produce My Gym At Home bringing young families fun My Gym exercises that parents can perform at home together with their babies and toddlers.
This isn't your typical Jane Fonda, leg-scissors exercise video. It's fun! The video is structured a bit like a typical My Gym class, with parents sitting in a circle, helping their kids do movements like arm circles and leg lifts and the like, set to kiddie music. My favorite part is the headstand class -- teacher Monique shows parents how to help their child (the kids in the video looked like they were about 15 months) do headstands! She gives tips on how to do it in a safe, controlled way (use your hands to support your child at the hips, no pressure on the neck). Babies and kids love going upside down, so it's a great exercise!
This DVD seems to appeal more to parents than to the children. True, kids do like to look at photos and videos of other kids, and that might be enough to keep them interested, but some animation sequences of some animated characters doing exercises might be a nice change.
The Bottom Line
My Gym At Home brings all the fun of a typical My Gym class to your home. It has lots of ideas for parents who want to share some fun, active playtime with their young children, and it's a fun way to get babies and toddlers moving!
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Disclosure: I received a product sample, but was not paid to review the product or give my opinions. Unless clearly stated, the views and opinions expressed here are my own.