My kids have led active lives all their lives. The Pea started ballet at age 3, and 10 years later, she's on a competitive dance team, taking multiple dance classes 4 days out of 7. 3Po and Jammy are crazy about soccer; they practice 3 days a week and spend their weekends playing league games and tournaments. They walk and bike to school. We walk downtown on the weekends and take them sailing or hiking now and then.
It's so tempting to feel superior and wonder why other kids don't get as much activity -- but different families lead different lifestyles, and getting physical activity can be difficult. I should know: my childhood was nothing like my kids'. I led a very sedentary lifestyle as a child. I was driven everywhere, and although my parents put me in ballet and gymnastics classes, I never really liked them, so I never put in more than a bare minimum effort. It wasn't until my early teens that I fell in love with volleyball and jazz dance, and in my early twenties that I started running. So I know how challenging it can be to get into the habit of being active.
To help encourage parents to get up and get active, Leapfrog teamed up with soccer star Mia Hamm this weekend at the first National Fit Made Fun Day in Santa Monica, where families gathered to help set 3 Guiness World Records: most kids making snow angels, most people hopping on one foot, and most people doing a swim dance. Leapfrog also launched their new kids' activity tracker, the LeapBand™, a new which records kids' movements and combines screen time with physical games and activities. I had the privilege of interviewing Mia by phone a few days ago, where she told us all about Fit Made Fun Day:
- Keep it simple, not too many rules because kids will tune out
- Make it part of a daily routine (bedtime dance party to get the wiggles out)
- Invite friends and family to be a part of it
- Make physical activities a part of family gathering and events (football, wiffle ball game)
- Celebrate physical achievements - go to different parks, go ice skating
- Show kids that you appreciate having fun together
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