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How to Motivate Your Kids to Be More Active

Jan21

Kids are naturally active and, if we could, we would bottle their energy and sell it by the dozen! But sometimes it’s a struggle to convince your brood to put down their video games and tablets, get up off the couch, and head out into the great outdoors for some good old-fashioned play time! To help motivate your kids to be be more active, try these games and exercises:

Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch – get sketching with colorful chalk, and make a giant hopscotch board. Use bean bags (or a sock filled with rice/beans) to toss and hop to the corresponding numbers. For a fun updated version, make a solar system and “fly through space” instead of traditional block patterns. This is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and helps improve balance and coordination.

Speed Walk Through the Park – If walking is too slow and running is too fast, then speed walking is just right! Your kids will giggle at the way you look when you demonstrate how to speed walk. Host a speed walk challenge. Rules: you can’t run, you must swing your arms, and they have to walk that way for at least 60 seconds at a time. Whoever walks the furthest, wins! Need a twist? Bring a plastic egg to carry in spoon (it’s less messy than a real egg and still proves to be a challenge!)

Make Like a Frog and JUMP – You could technically choose any type of animal, but the point is to encourage your kids to act out the animals that jump, hop, leap, and fly. Help expand their imagination by helping them dress up. This “jumpy” exercise builds bone and muscle strength and keeps your heart healthy.

Be a Part of Their Play – Kids are great imitators, so set a positive example by getting active with them. Whether it’s joining in during their play time, having them join your exercise time, or heading out to the park for some together time, they’ll love spending the time with you. (Shameless plug – head over to Funderland Park for a family friendly day of rides, attractions, and family-sized fun!)

We encourage you to try these tips to motivate your kids to be more active this year. We’ve started out the year with a Family Fit-n-Fun Giveaway and shared the benefits of working out together to help inspire your family to claim 2014 as your year!

Fit-n-Fun Giveaway

Jan10

In honor of Family Fit Lifestyle Month we’ve partnered with California Family Fitness, Sacramento’s premier fitness club locally owned and operated company since 1991 to offer your family the chance to discover a fitter lifestyle in 2014! What better way to start 2014 off with a bang than to have fun being active together with your whole family and celebrating together all year long! Enter our Fit-n-Fun Giveaway now through Jan. 24th, 2014.

1 Winner Will Receive a Prize Pack that Includes:

  • 1 Deluxe Birthday Party + 10 VIP passes to Funderland
  • 1 month FREE Family Gym Membership to California Family Fitness

How to Enter:

  • Visit our Facebook page
  • Complete the entry form by 12pm on 1/24/14
  • After you submit your entry, you’ll have the chance to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends and receive 1 bonus entry for every friend who enters!

A Deluxe Birthday Party will receive the following:

  • 2 hours of unlimited rides for each rider
  • Birthday party area for same two hour time period
  • One book of ten tickets
  • Birthday Party Host/Hostess available at the beginning of your party to help set up, answer questions, and  administer hand stamps
  • Birthday prizes for birthday child
    • Funderland birthday shirt for birthday child
    • Special coupon for birthday child good for a free wristband or tickets on a future visit
  • Birthday party invitations – print your own invitations from our website.
  • Each rider will receive a voucher good for either a corn dog, kids hot dog, or 6 piece chicken nugget from our concession
  • Each rider will receive a voucher good for a small soda from our concession
  • Some restrictions apply
  • You must book your Birthday Party before hand (we recommend at least 30 days in advance)

Benefits of Working Out As a Family

Jan07

In a world where parents and kids are busy with their individual sports, hobbies, and other extracurricular activities, families often find it hard to spend quality time together. Not to mention, time for working out as a family. But a new focus on working out as a family has helped prompt fitness instructors and health professionals to develop routines and activities that involve the entire family.

Benefits of Together Time

If you think about the importance of our families, you’ll see that the core of each individual is greatly influenced by the family culture. Our core values, our social and behavioral development, and our self worth are formed from a young age by our parents, siblings, and extended family members. Studies have shown that kids whose parents spend regular time with them have a lower risk of depression, suicide, and anxiety and a higher level of self-confidence, academic success, and overall good health.

Benefits of Exercising (with your family)

Not only is exercising together good for your kids, it’s good for you too! As parents, we far too often sit on the side lines cheering our kids on (which is great!), but we don’t actually get out there and get active with them. We are doing a great disservice to our own health, as well as our family’s health by not doing more activities together. If you’re worried you won’t be able to keep up with your kids’ (seemingly unending energy supply), don’t let that fear stop you from enjoying active together time with you kids.

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