Ashley grew up across the street from my best friend Stephanie. We would always pair up at Stephanie's birthday parties because we didn't know anyone else (neither of us went to Stephanie's school). At one particular birthday party, there was a talent show - Ashley and I danced to Ace of Base "The Sign". It's strange the things you remember from your childhood. Later, after our college years, Ashley started dating another good friend of mine Jon, and now they are married with two beautiful girls.
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8 ways to sneak in movement & exercise with your kids
1. Dance Off
Who can dance the longest without stopping. This is easy and inexpensive. Most cable providers have a music channel you can use: toddler songs, classical songs, princess, rock songs, etc. We just switch channels and act like we are doing corresponding dances. For added exercise, I pick up my youngest daughter (age 10 months weighing in at a whopping 24lbs or so) and it is now a weight & aerobic exercise.
2. The Animal Game
This game started when I was teaching my daughter the alphabet and how to read. We take each letter of the alphabet and pick out a corresponding animal. A for Ant - crawl around the floor. B for Butterfly - run around flapping your hands as wings in the air, etc. It is amazing how many animals help different muscles.
3. A nature hunt
4. Obstacle course
5. The Alphabet Game
Another Fun game! I laminated capital letters and toss them throughout the house. I give my daughter an animal or object and she runs to stand on the corresponding letter. This is great aerobic exercise, especially if you put some upstairs and some downstairs. I even act like I am timing her so she gets to the letters faster. I run behind her and we're both moving!
6. A simple walk
Of course we always love to go for walks. For me it's an added benefit because my youngest cannot walk. So we all walk, and I push the stroller. Even if it is for 30 minutes it is still something that gets us moving.