Archive for December, 2014


Regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases, diminishes anxiety and depression, promotes better sleep and gives children greater self-esteem and better self-image. With temperatures dropping, it gets harder to keep kids moving when everyone is stuck inside! We have some ideas to keep heart rates up!

• Yoga and pilates are two indoor activities that are great for strengthening muscles, improving flexibility and lowering stress. Plus it’s perfect for parents and children of any age! They’re also easy and inexpensive activities that you can do just about anywhere in your house. For some Yoga moves and benefits, check out the ultimate guide to yoga for kids.

• Clean! Believe it or not cleaning can burn up to 150 calories per hour! Grab the mop and get your heart rates up. The little ones will love helping out and you will love the extra help!

• Break out that old game of Twister! Twister game challenges players to bend, stretch and balance. It is an effective way to burn extra calories indoors!

• Exercise DVD’s are another great way to get exercise indoors, we are big fans of Once Upon a Mat – for Children Ages 2.5+! There are many DVD’s for kids such as Zumba, hip hop and jazz. Check out Amazon for more fun kids DVD’s!

• Dance your way to better health! Dancing is a great and fun way to get your heart rate up. Find some upbeat music that you and your child like and dance away, act silly, laugh and have fun!

• Challenge One Another! Compete with the little ones with push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and other simple exercises. Use a stopwatch and try timing each of your kids to help them reach toward their personal best.

• Although we are not huge fans of video games, playing video games can actually be a good way to exercise and get the heart rate up. Playing a high-intensity game such as a dance game while using a step pad can be a great way to get exercise.

Of course, you are always welcomed at Gym-Nest where you can burn tons of calories indoors this winter. Visit our event page for upcoming events and more! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holiday!