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Exercise Suggestions

Aerobic Muscular Flexibility Chores
Jogging Push-ups Toe Touches Vacuuming
Walking Curl-ups 4 Stretch Raking Leaves
Hiking Lunges Butterfly Dusting
Bike Riding Squats V Sit Sweeping

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Push-ups

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The child starts in the elevated push-up position. The body must be perfectly straight, head facing forward. The child proceeds to lower to the down position by bending at the elbows. Once the chest touches the ground, without resting on the ground, the child then proceeds back up to the starting position. The child should not bounce off the floor in an effort to gain momentum back to the up position. A child may not have their knees touch the ground.  A child should be allowed to rest at any time. 

Pull-ups and Chin-ups

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The child starts by hanging on the bar with arms fully extended, feet not touching ground. The hands must grab the bar.  A chin-up has the palms facing in (picture of female), while a pull-up has the palms facing out (picture of male). The child must pull their self up until the chin is slightly above the bar. Once this is accomplished, the child must then go back down to the starting position. The child may not push off any walls, nor swing their legs or arms in an effort to build momentum back up. For safety, the child may stop at any time by standing on the mat below the bar.  It is important to educate the child on the proper way to let go of the bar.  Adult supervision is recommended.

Curl-ups

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A curl-up is an exercise from the sit-up family.  Many experts state a curl-up is less harmful for a child to perform than a traditional sit-up.  Basically, a curl-up is a sit-up with the arms crossed in front. The child starts by laying on the mat, knees bent, and arms crossed in front. The child rises up and forward until their chest touches their raised (bent) knees. Once this occurs, the child must then go back to the starting position. A child may have a partner hold their feet in place if they would like.  A child can rest at any time.

Walking

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Walking is a very good exercise for young children. It is also a safe exercise. Walking is actually safer when you go out with a parent or guardian who can watch you. It will make your heart stronger! Try to walk for 30 minutes 3-4 times a week.

Other Fun Exercises

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