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If you haven't signed up for the challenge yet, you can catch all the details over on The Family Fitness Challenge main page.

Welcome to ParentSavvy's Family Fitness Challenge!

We at ParentSavvy are big supporters of the idea that healthy families make healthy communities and that active kids grow to be active adults.

If kids see their parents and role models prioritizing physical fitness, they will see it as a priority too. If this habit develops when they’re young, it’s more likely to carry through to adulthood.

According to Dr. Jessica McCool more than 1/3 of children and adults are obese. Obesity contributes to an increased health risk for Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Being active for 60 minutes everyday helps prevent obesity and these health issues.

If you've been looking to develop a more active lifestyle, this Family Fitness challenge is a good place to start.


This Week's Challenge

This week your challenge as a family is to do just 1 minute of jumping jacks. Next week we'll add another exercise to it. Start small, build a habit and see where it takes you.

Download the challenge chart to track your family's progress this week.

Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jacks may seem simple but they pack a big cardio punch helping to burn calories. They're also a strengthening exercise using the whole body and relieving stress at the same time.

You may already know how to do jumping jacks, but this may be a first for some of your younger kids. Around age 5, kids should be working on coordinating both sides of their body so they are able to jumping jacks correctly.

Instructions

The video will demonstrate the basic jumping jacks and a couple variations. 

This week make sure everyone does as many jumping jacks as they can in 1 minute everyday. Perfection isn't needed, just be silly, have some fun together and stay active!

P.S. Would you mind sharing photos of your family being active together on the ParentSavvy Facebook page? We want as many families as possible to know about this!

Andrew Mantzaris

Andrew is a certified physical education instructor in Omaha, Nebraska. His desire is to help every child become a "lifelong mover" by teaching the fundamentals about body movement while making it fun in the process. In his class, you could be playing numerous variations of tag activities, learning sports related skills, doing body weight exercises or testing out some new dance moves. He is committed to making life long moving accessible to all ages and skill levels by coaching h ...

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