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Subject: Exercise Ideas
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 7:46 PM ET
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Now that it is winter, the kids are stuck inside (it's currently dumping snow and 16 degrees!)

Anyway,my oldest (12) was weight a couple of days ago and I knew she had gained some weight but I was surprised. She has been sitting around an awful lot and she does eat quite a bit since she is a growing girl. So I had a chat with her about still eating normally but being sure she gets enough exercise.

She does belong to the Y and I will be making sure we fit in time for her to go swimming. I checked into a local kids gym but it is $60 for 4 one hour classes a month. That's a bit steep. Looked at yoga classes, she doesn't want to do that. I will keep working on that one though because I think the relaxation techniques may help her anger outbursts too.

What else do you think would be good for exercise since we can't get out and play?

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 10:53 PM ET
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My teenager did the Billy Blank Tao Bo videos that we checked out at the library.  http://www.billyblanks.com/ There are some video clips on the right hand side.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 12:16 AM ET
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We are also Tae Bo fans.  My girls also take karate classes twice a week.  With the right school this could be perfect for anger managment and affordable. 

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:13 AM ET
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We have berber carpet throughout our house (including the basement) and DS has carpet skates.  They're great fun in the winter!

What about getting a Wii Fit?

Does your Y have a kid's weight area???  Our former one (I miss it) did - it was so great.  The Y there also had HS swimming, HS P.E. and HS art.  The classes ended up being $5/hour for Y  members - $7.50 for non-members.  Between all of those, plus the weight room, my son didn't get bored b/c he was doing different things each time he went.

The Y in our new town stinks.  We can join for $200/year (corporate discount), which we did when we moved, but I cancelled it.  They are not HS friendly at all and make you pay extra ($40/month) to use the saunas and hot tubs - which I need the most.

My son does indoor track in the winter through our parks & rec department.  Are there any HS sports activities where you are?  The running programs DS does (summer outdoor track & fall cross country besides indoor) aren't  specifically for HS'ers, but a lot of HS'ers do them.  They just start at 4pm.  I typically prefer "school hours" to do stuff, but I make an exception in this case.


Date Posted: 12/18/2008 2:05 PM ET
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One of the colleges in our area offer classes for homeschoolers.  They are run by the college staff, but the college students help out.  They offer basketball/volleyball, swimming, group games, track and field and raquet sports.  Maybe check out any college campus' in your area.

We also bring in our mini trampoline in the winter.  Out homeschool group also offers some sports.  My 9yo son and 11 yo dd are trying co-ed basketball this year.

Our local Y was going to be starting a kids weight room also.  We don't need to do it, but maybe yours would consider it, or other sports that your kids and other homeschoolers would enjoy!  Merry Christmas!  Carrie 

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:37 PM ET
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I totally forgot about co-ops.  Ours has Karate (high school HS'ed girl w/ a black belt teaches) and PE - which is the Presidential Fitness program.  We also have "PE Fun" for the little ones - preschool to 2nd grade or so.  They work on gross & fine motor skills.

I would ask around on local HS'ing boards to see if there are co-ops.  In the winter, our local group does weekly "playgroup" at various indoor restaurant gyms (parks in the summer).


Date Posted: 1/5/2009 10:14 AM ET
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Simple, but cheap! Get matching pedometers for you and your daughter and see who can get the most steps. Keep track and make it a contest. You would be surprised how many ways you can find to add steps inside!