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Life With Wee People: Wee Fit

C Tann Starr 2013


Life With Wee People: Wee Fit

Frolic with any energetic kids lately? Chasing wee people can really give you a run for your money. Rather than give 'em the evil eye while trying to make them sit down and be quiet, how about put your busy schedule on hold, pause what ever it is you are doing and get down on the floor for some fitness playtime. If you watch the miniature loves of your life closely you may discover they have no idea that they are doing Yoga, Planking, Gymnastics and a host of other practices while moving their wee bodies into position to continue their play. As a matter of fact, some of you readers may be just as clueless as your kids because no one thinks about what comes naturally to them (i.e. unless something interrupts your breath most people simply take for granted that they are breathing).

When crawling on your hands and knees to find your contact lens you may not care that you are effecting an abdominal workout known as The Bear Crawl. It happens to be a stellar body weight exercise that does not require you to purchase fitness equipment. Who wouldn't want to integrate an effective, full body core engagement targeting their shoulders, abdominals, hips, thighs and legs?

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Pssst... way easier than in-line skating. Just sayin' you may want to ditch your dignity once in a while and make it your business to crawl around a bit if you don't have health issues making that a bad idea. Kids and puppies give you the perfect excuse to routinely engage in this bit of body weight mischief. Warning: do enough of them and you'll be shocked to find yourself out of breath and - dare I say it - sweating (LOL).

By the way, various forms of physical activity can be dangerous, especially if performed without medical advice, proper supervision and/or a pre-exercise evaluation. That's why it's advised you get a checkup with your doctor and engage the services of qualified instructors to teach you proper form/function. Yeah, you can learn a lot from imitating your kids and paying attention to how your body feels while you monitor your movements; however, a Personal Trainer is definitely the way to go if you can procure one. They bring science and efficiency to your workout so you can train smarter, not dangerous/harder.

If you can't swing a Personal Trainer do check out the exercise library of The Amarican Council on Exercise. It's mad useful. According to The American Council on Exercise: "Whether you’re a beginning exerciser who needs help getting started or someone who wants to add some spice to your fitness routine, our ACE Exercise Library offers a variety of movements to choose from. Browse through total-body exercises or movements that target more specific areas of the body. Each comes with a detailed description and photos to help ensure proper form."

My kids get a kick out of this site. They are visual learners who imitate what they see. Stephen the Minion Blur likes to pick the flow of the evening and I routinely let him because I figure if it's easy enough for a 6 year old to do I may actually survive the Wee Fit experience (LOL).

Tonight's quirky body weight training agenda of Wee Fit Mommy and Me floor play:

Bird-Dog, Front Plank (played for golden double stuff oreo cookies because we all need incentive to continue - LOL), Mountainclimbers, Downward Facing Dog, Supermans (it's our comic book moment) and Siderwalks (we like playing Spiderman - the highlight of his day).

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 8 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 07 2013 06:03PM

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Hi Tann, Roller Blading is a great sport and will keep you fit. I try to stay on two wheels or my two feet as I do not want to fall. I used to roller skate but would land on my wrists and butt and luckily never broke anything but too old now. Roller blading is for the young. Your son is adorable.
Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda (Keller Williams Realty) over 4 years ago

Hey Kristin! Mikey has been bike shopping for me. I definitely would prefer chillin' on a two wheeler since I'll be 48 in April. Seems hubby is expecting me to in-line skate in a bikini this summer so I have to practice. Don't wanna get sand burns in interesting places (LOL). I keep telling my personal trainers we have got to kill my belly fat and show off an eight pack by my birthday. Working on that puppy 5 days a week with a vengeance. My kids are in on it because they want me to learn how to swim. Noah loves Yoga and Stephen seems to think he is supposed to get a ride on my back every time I do push ups. I have to admit Shorty is my fave 55 lb weight and takes great delight in messing up the count so he can get extra rides (silly grin). 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 4 years ago
Hi Tann, I had to laugh when I read the part about crawling around on the floor, just got a new puppy and totally get the workout part. Lots of fun!
Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) about 4 years ago

Actual excercise in addition to an actual Wii wouldn't hurt maybe :) Hahaha!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 4 years ago

I'm here for reading sugguestions lol :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 4 years ago

Stopping byto give ya some points!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 4 years ago

God bless your google rank! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 4 years ago

where are you? I haven't seen any postings from you for a while - are you OK?  Are work and family good?

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Long and Foster) almost 4 years ago

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