Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Heart Day!!

In honor of Valentine's Day, check out this link to the American Heart Association's How to Make a Healthy Family Website. There you will find many articles on nutrition, reducing screen time and increasing activities, and even addressing your child's weight with your doctor.

Here are some ideas to get non-athletes up and moving from the website, increasing physical activity means improving their cardiovascular health:

--Don't make exercise a punishment. Don't force your kids "go out and play." It may make them even more resistant to activity. However, if you encourage kids to go out a ride a bike or jump rope for 20 minutes before doing their homework, most kids will beg for more active time just to put off doing that homework.

--Find an activity that they love. Not everyone is into competitive team or individual sports, but there are lots of ways to be active: hiking, skateboarding, ice skating, horseback riding, cycling, yoga, and dancing (think ZumbAtomic!!). Encourage your child to explore different activities to see what they really enjoy.

--Build confidence. Some kids don't like to participate in sports because they are embarrassed because they don't think they look good enough. Find time to practice together and boost confidence.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Utah Fit Family Event

Thanks to everyone who came to the Utah Fit Family Event on Saturday. We had a blast and filled GymJam Fitness and Dance with families moving and dancing together. It was great! I hope to see of you back again in class on Tuesdays at 4:15pm. We always have that much fun -- and more!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

NEW -- Family Zumba at the West Valley Library

We will be doing a three week session at the West Valley Library beginning tonight at 6:30pm!! Please come out and dance! We will be having so much fun. It will be great!! The West Valley Library is located at 2880 W 3560 S (across from the Valley Fair Mall). Here's a link to more information.

Hope to see you there!!

OK- I'm terrible at this . . .

To those who Zumba'd with me at West Jordan Library, I really stink at the blogging. Sorry this is so late in coming. You all were so wonderful -- the most phenomenal library group I've had yet. Everyone dancing -- even dads in work clothes -- that was beyond awesome!!! Thanks so much for making it a great experience and let the West Jordan library staff know you'd like to have more, if you are intersted. I'd love to come back and Zumba with you!!