Water exercise for kids

Kids love the water! Outdoor pools and the beach in the summer, indoor pools in the winter – swimming is year round fun!

In addition to swimming and splashing, there are also lots of ways to incorporate water exercise into pool time.

Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova demonstrate several great exercises for developing motor skills, coordination and strength in the pool this summer.

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Yoga for Kids, Part II

Yoga is great exercise for all ages, but the earlier kids start the earlier they can start enjoying the life-long benefits. Specifically, yoga for kids can help them preserve physical flexibility and develop mind and body wellness lessons that they can carry well into adulthood.

And the best part is, many of the moves we recommend for your kids are great exercise for you to do right alongside them!

So grab your yoga mats and let’s get started.  Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova and her assistants Michael and Elena demonstrate a kid-friendly yoga workout in the below video.

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Yoga for Kids

yoga for kidsChildren derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. Have you ever noticed how flexible your child is?  Yoga is a fun way to help your child retain his or her flexibility, as well as to help work on strength and muscle coordination.

And the best part is, many of the moves we recommend for your kids are great exercise for you to do right alongside them!

So grab your yoga mats and let’s get started.

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Activities that help develop motor skills

Play-based exercises you can do at home!

mott blog - motor skill development activitiesSometimes what looks like “play” can be really important ways to exercise your child’s fine motor skills and gross motor skills.

Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. They involve strength, fine motor control, and dexterity.  These skills are important foundations for school activities as well as in life in general. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can affect a child’s ability to eat, write legibly, use a computer, turn pages in a book, and perform personal care tasks such as dressing and grooming.

Yoga for kids

Downward dog and tree position are not just for grown-ups anymore!

kids yogaHave you ever noticed how flexible your child is?  Kids are born with wonderful flexibility that their parents often marvel at.

Yoga is a fun way to help your child retain his or her flexibility, as well as to help work on strength and muscle coordination.

Kids love seeing how long they can hold the different poses, and it’s a way to exercise that you can both benefit from.

You’ll see it pay off especially as your child becomes active in sports and other activities.

Need some ideas on which yoga maneuvers will be a hit with your kiddo?  Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova and her assistants Greg and Emme demonstrate a kid-friendly yoga workout in the below video.

And don’t miss our Camp Little Victors Week 2 giveaway at the bottom of this post!  We’re giving away FIVE fun yoga games you can use at home with your family.

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