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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.

Week 4! We’re over halfway done with the Family Fitness Challenge.

How has your family done?! Let me know in the comments below!

I was reading the article What is ADHD? by Dr. Karen Meyer and she explained that, "exercise and organized sports help ADHD kids improve lack of focus, impulsivity, and social skills." Exercise is only part of a treatment plan for ADHD, but what a welcome idea that if your child has ADHD or is having trouble focusing in school being active can help them!

This Week's Challenge

This week we're working on the lunge. Aim to do 10-20 lunges, 10-20 pushups, 10-20 crunches and 1 minute of jumping jacks everyday. In total it should take about 3 minutes to do, but keep going if you're having fun!

Remember that developing proper form is more important than the total number of exercises you complete, so go slow and do your best!


Lunges work on those lower body muscles including the quads, glutes and hamstrings. They also help work on flexibility in the hips which will be really helpful for those of you who work at desk all day. Because you have to hold your upper body straight to balance, you’re also getting a little core work.

Tip: When doing a lunge or anything requiring balance, keep your eyes focused on a point off in the distance instead of looking down.


In the video, I walk you through how to do the basic lunge plus a few variations.

Have fun this week! We want to cheer you on too, so share pics or video of your family completing the challenge this week on the ParentSavvy Facebook page. The goofier the better! 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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