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Get Up & Go: Fun Ideas for Getting Fit as a Family Paperback – July 23, 2014
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About the Author
Jennifer Flanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Math from Dallas Baptist University, where she met her husband Doug in 1986. As a mother of twelve she has no choice but to stay physically active. Her husband and children provide her with plenty of reasons to Get Up & Go, and the family all works--and plays--together to keep fitness fun!
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The book recommends a lot of fitness ideas directly associated with physical activity (like aerobic workouts and creative types of bike and running races), but Flanders also provides ways to "get up and go" while doing tasks such as gardening, sweeping, and fruit picking. Kids will enjoy the variations of "tag" games detailed in the book, including freeze tag, octopus tag, and zombie tree tag. The book shows that simply playing games like Simon Says or going on scavenger hunts can be turned into exercise opportunities. I really liked how Flanders suggested how parents can exercise while at the playground with their kids, and I also enjoyed the ideas for fall fitness activities, such as running through corn mazes. When reading the book, parents will need to evaluate the safety of some of the suggested activities (i.e. climbing trees).
If you live a busy life and want to fit more physical activity into your schedule, this book is a great read. The activities are fun for parents and children to do together. The book will definitely make you feel inspired to "get up and go!"
I received a free copy of Get Up & Go! From BookCrash in exchange for an honest review.
The book "Get Up and Go" authored by Jennifer Flanders could be the answer to these questions. The book is divided into 18 sections with titles such as Household Chores, Let's get wet and wild or Winter Workouts. Each section is then divided into 111 short chapters with titles such as Lake Front Fun, Sitting on the Wall, or A Brave way to Shave. Each chapter is composed of a fun activity for each family to do together to keep fit and active.
In a sit down world where electronics have taken over my kids, I need something fresh and fun. This book was fantastic at giving me some different activities to get my family up and moving. My kids loved that we did the activities together as a family and each activity was fun! It didn't feel like exercise at all...we were just having fun together.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
It can be difficult for parents to find time to go to the gym, and even then, when it takes even more time away from the family, do you really want to? I know I've found myself thinking - Do I want to be thin, or do I want to spend time with the kids? The kids win every time. A lot of gyms offer kid's clubs, but that doesn't really count as spending time with them does it?
Flanders reminds readers that physical fitness doesn't have to only be pursued in the walls of a gym. We can be active while spending time with those we love best and reinforce to our children that physical fitness is important.
The best thing about this book is how Flanders arranges it by seasons so readers can find an activity for any time of the year, in any part of the country you live in. She also gives a lot of variations on old school games such as tag. Some I was already familiar with, but she also reminded me of some I had forgotten since childhood and others that I had never imagined. I can't wait to share this book with the PE teachers at the school I teach at. I'm sure they will find many ways to incorporate the ideas Flanders puts forth.
With the rate of obesity in the country continuing to rise, for children and adults alike, can we afford not to pursue physical activity as a family? Check out this book and be inspired to get up and go with your family!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Crash in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.