As we all know, exercise is important for all children - and adults - but running and other cardiovascular activities are not the ONLY exercises that we need. Often - even as adults - we forget about the importance of stretching. Stretching - if it isn't already - should be a HUGE part of your workout regime. So that was our Physcial Education for the week. Doing a little bit of Yoga. I know some Yoga moves, but I haven't done it in a while, so I flipped on old trusty (Tony Horton) and his P90X Yoga program. She did really well trying to imitate what she was seeing but it didn't hold her attention for long. She liked it, but when she was done, she let me know.
Making stretching a part of your every day routine:
- Step Through the Stick: have your child hold a stick in front of them with two hands, forming a triangle (two arms and the stick). Your child should be able to step over the stick - with both legs - forwards AND backwards.
- Encourage your child to make their body into a bridge (older children can make a bridge looking up) and then roll a ball underneath them.
- Hold a ball above your head, as high as you can reach and then bring the ball down and hold it out in front of you, as far away from your body as you can.