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

Welcome to Week 2 of the Family Fitness Challenge!

ParentSavvy created this 6 week challenge to encourage families to get active together. We believe that healthy families create healthy communities and active kids become active adults.

In his article How to Raise Kids Who are Lifelong Movers Dr. Stephen Tetrault notes, "If you are active and making healthy choices, your kids are more likely to be active and make healthy choices during childhood and into adulthood, because they've seen how it's done." This is why this challenge exists. We want future generations to thrive!

It is really hard to set aside the time with our fast paced lives, but this week's challenge should take you less than 2 minutes every day. It’s a good way to start being active, and once you start, you may not be able to stop!


This Week's Challenge

This week's challenge is to do 10-20 crunches!

So building on last week's challenge, you'll do 10-20 crunches and 1 minute of jumping jacks each day. Keep track of your progress with your chart.

If you haven't downloaded the challenge chart, you can do that here!

Crunches

Crunches work your core muscles improving your balance and posture both of which are helpful for athletics. To perform the crunch correctly, you’ll need to tighten your core muscle and raise your head and shoulders off the floor.

Your children may struggle to coordinate the muscle movements. Help them to start slow, so they learn to do them correctly. The goal is to do between 10-20, but if you or your kids are only able to do a few with correct form, do that. Build up the coordination to be able to do more.

Instructions

Watch the video to learn how to do the exercises.

We'll see you back here next week! Stay Active!

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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