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Offline avelin

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Active play
« on: August 14, 2010, 02:23:32 AM »
What do your kids, be they little or grown up, do for exercise? Do you have a jungle gym/climbing frame or swings or use the park or do they go to sport or fitness type centres?

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Re: Active play
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010, 02:53:49 PM »
let them do what they want within the realms of safety.

My son, until recently, had been in the gym with me lifting a broom handle with bike tires on the end to simulate a barbell, as well as 2.5lb dumbbells... since he was still in diapers.

When he was little and saw me lacing up my weightlifting shoes, he would ask me if he could "play gym" with me.

Children have a fantastic advantage to us for many reasons -
1. Their coordination and CNS are not developed enough to stress their bodies as bad as we can.
2. Their flexibility allows them to perform full, posture-correct squats and other stretches.
3. They are willing to learn and aren't hindered by previous "training scars" of previous weightlifting exploits.


That being said, it is an utter recipe for disaster to allow any child under 12 years old to train with weights without adult supervision. It is also a recipe for disaster to force your children to lift weights. A kid's job is to have fun.


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Re: Active play
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2010, 08:40:28 PM »
While it is still warm enough they are out riding bikes, playing at the playground, playing guns (yes we let them play Army- this is a military installation afterall)

As the weather cools I am thinking of taking my oldest to a cross country skiing instruction to see if he/we likes it.  We are signing the boys up for swimming.

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Re: Active play
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010, 12:48:06 AM »
Climbing is great - my rule was never to help them climb up - if they couldn't do it themselves, they weren't old enough yet. Chasing, racing, playing football (soccer), catching and throwing balls... the list is endless - have fun!

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Re: Active play
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2010, 09:19:17 PM »
We're saving up for a swingset/playset for the backyard (are they expensive or what?!?)  Right now, half the time it's too effing hot for the kids to be out for long periods so my couches have become their new gym equipment.  I don't care, it's relatively safe, we have carpet and they have fun.  Also we have dance parties, do random gymnastics stuff in the living room and sometimes they literally run circles in the house for a 1/2 hour.  When the weather is nice I'll either take them to the park or just let them have free play in the backyard.  It neat to watch their little imaginations go when I just step back and let them be. 

My oldest is taking swimming lessons because it's great exercise, and I believe that knowing how to swim is essential (one of those survival things).


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Re: Active play
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 01:31:10 PM »
W ewill have the opposite problem of it being too effing cold soon.  We already have plans for indoor skating and tricycle riding in the garage, thank goodness it is heated!  My oldest is getting a skateboard for Christmas, which he will be able to play around with in the garage too.  I am thinking we may need to get a small trampoline too.

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Re: Active play
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2010, 01:06:02 AM »
One of the local schools here has the most amazing junior play area - the climbing stuff is awesome. It's made me quite jealous.

The local council here has a skateboard setup, but there isn't much free stuff apart from swimming - spring now so kids will soon be in the water. Even weekend sports teams cost a heap, and of course dancing and martial arts and stuff are costly too. Mostly, though, parents don't seem to be letting their kids out these days. Parks are almost empty a lot of the time. When I was at school they used to be pretty crowded after school. There are some kids on bikes but mostly teenagers.

Sad that fear has taken over.

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Re: Active play
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2010, 06:20:23 AM »
W ewill have the opposite problem of it being too effing cold soon.  We already have plans for indoor skating and tricycle riding in the garage, thank goodness it is heated!  My oldest is getting a skateboard for Christmas, which he will be able to play around with in the garage too.  I am thinking we may need to get a small trampoline too.
Ahh, Meg, there are a lot of activities that are done outside in the snow and cold. It won't be "too effing cold". Think wool and down.

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Re: Active play
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2010, 02:36:45 PM »
W ewill have the opposite problem of it being too effing cold soon.  We already have plans for indoor skating and tricycle riding in the garage, thank goodness it is heated!  My oldest is getting a skateboard for Christmas, which he will be able to play around with in the garage too.  I am thinking we may need to get a small trampoline too.
Ahh, Meg, there are a lot of activities that are done outside in the snow and cold. It won't be "too effing cold". Think wool and down.

I will think wool, but I am not yet a believer that it will be fun to be out when it is 50 below zero, and dark for 22 hours of the day.  We shall see...lol

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Re: Active play
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2010, 08:49:35 AM »
I'm building a jungle gym and tree house in my yard... will have a place for me to do muscle ups and dips for sure along with a big rope for climbing.