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Sneaky Fitness: Fun, Foolproof Ways to Slip Fitness into Your Child's Everyday Life Paperback – December 22, 2009
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Finally a well thought out, developmentally appropriate guide to getting your child to be healthy! More than ever children are suffering from low body self esteem and serious health risks due to lack of exercise and unhealthy eating. Sneaky Fitness is a smart, developmentally well thought out and fun guide to help set your child on the path to a healthy lifestyle and feeling good about who they are. Larysa’s methods are creative and intelligent…. You have fun instead of fights! If you are a parent who cares about your kids health and longevity, you need this book!
Robbyn Sockolow, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center
“Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels in this country. Sneaky Fitness is critical to in helping the future health of our children. Larysa is the foremost expert on training children. Her expertise in this area cannot be matched.”
Julianne J. Smith, Ypsilanti Dist. Lib., MI -- Library Journal, 12/17/2009
"Lapine hit the best-sellers list with The Sneaky Chef and is probably headed there again. Fearing that exercise is as "antiquated as a VHS player" and with 32 percent of children classified as overweight, she and celebrity trainer Didio show parents how to bring age-specific exercise easily into children’s lives. They correctly assert that kids can get into a habit of inactivity and tend not to prioritize things like "health" or other pursuits that don’t have instant results. Broken down by age groups, the exercises—each listed with calorie calculations—are designed to weave cardio, strength training, and flexibility into everyday routines. The activities are simple, inexpensive, and fun (e.g., kids will love playing driveway "hockey" with a giant ice cube and brooms). Also included are new Sneaky Chef recipes, which are essentially the equivalent of spiking your kids’ food with nutrient-rich foods of similar colors…. I applaud the design that went into Sneaky Fitness to make it so easy to read and use."
About the Author
Larysa Didio is a certified personal trainer who has extensive experience in working with clients both over and under the age of eighteen. Her Get Fit with Larysa fitness DVD for ‘tween girls was released in November 2008, and has been cross-promoted with Danskin and Sketchers products. Larysa owns her own fitness facility, PFX, a center that is one of the first gyms to offer kid-specific classes. Larysa has appeared on Good Day New York and has been featured in InStyle, Parenting, First For Women, and Destination Wedding. She lives in Pleasantville, NY. Visit her at www.larysafit.com.
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But it is a sneaky fitness book as the title hints to!! How about having your kids all stand at the top of the stairs and toss their dirty rolled up socks into the laundry basket at the bottom of the stairs??? 5 points for each sock that goes in! This is the kind of sneaky fitness the author writes about and has tested on her kids.
I think my son (age 6) will love this. He isn't into sports yet. He is a computer geek like his dad, and there are times I want to drag him away from the screen and get him active and have some fun while moving his body!!! He isn't overweight, but I don't ever want him to be either. I think teaching them movement at a young age....and making it fun is very important at a young age!!
With increasing portion sizes and fast food available at every turn, it's more important than ever to set good habits about physical activity with our kids as early as possible.
Sneaky fitness is filled with 100 ideas for getting kids moving - and it's sorted by age groups (2 to 4, 5 to 8, and 9 to 12), weekend activities/sunny day activities/play date activities/party day activities/any day activities - thus making reference very simple.
Here's a couple I've tried:
* Harness kids "fitness factor": This involves placing things around a TV room (or wherever they hang out) that makes them naturally fidget or move around. One little hula hoop in our family room has given my daughter quite a bit of extra exercise while engrossed in SpongeBob. A few of my adult guests have partaken too - and I kick myself for not taking pictures!
* Rain in Your Parade: Don't let the rain keep you in; in fact, let it draw you out! Make your obstacle course by jumping from one puddle to the next, or play "Red Light/Green Light" in the slippery, muddy stuff.
* Look Ma, No Feet: Tell your kids they cannot walk to their rooms; they have to slither like snakes (ok, my daughter does this one on her own, no prompting required).
* Dig to China: This one is on the list to try with our next snow fall. Kids burn 68 calories in 30 minutes by digging and filling a pail with dirt, snow or sand. That's three times the calories burned by sitting in front of the TV.
An added bonus to this book is the sections containing healthy super-foods, tips on good eating habits, and many yummy Sneaky Fitness recipes (Chocolate Champion Cereal Cookies, here we come).