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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.

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Every child (and adult) has different interests. Some of us prefer solo activities and others thrive on team competition. In Dr. Emily Bendlin's article 5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Active she points out that "activity is not limited to participation in sports." Hiking, exploring neighborhood parks, and learning to ride a bike are all great ways to be active together as a family! This challenge is set up to peak your interest in all sorts of different ways to be active. If this challenge isn't the best fit, keep at it and find things that are perfect for your family!


This Week's Challenge

This week it's time for the push ups. Everyday try to do 10-20 push ups, 10-20 crunches, and 1 minute of jumping jacks. The 3 different exercises this week should take you less than 2 minutes!

Push Ups

Push ups are a weight bearing, full body exercise. The movement focuses on developing strength in the shoulders, arms and wrists. Push ups also promote stronger bones and help prevent bone mass loss as we grow older. This is a tricky exercise that requires the correct form to get the full benefits.

When you're doing a pushup remember:

  • Your hands should be under your shoulders
  • Keep your body in a straight line from head to foot through the entire range of motion
  • Lower your elbows to a 90 degree angle

Correct form is more important than completing 10-20 push ups so take it slow. As your form becomes stronger, you’ll be able to complete more.

Instructions

The video will show you how to do the basic push up and plus a few variations.

Have fun this week! We’ll see you back here next week for some lunges. 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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