Desk Chairs are so Passe’

October 8th, 2014

Say goodbye to the desk and school chair. Thankfully! Pedal Power Hamster Wheel Desks Treadmill Desks And for those easily intimidated, a standing desk. Life is too short to sit and watch it go by.

International Games

October 3rd, 2014

Some international twists to make games new again: -Play a tag game from Pakistan called Oonch Neech.  The child who is “it” decides to be oonch (“up”) or beech (“down”).  Neech means the carpet or ground is safe and runners can only be tagged when conch (“up”) on a couch, pillow, rock, tree or other […]


September 26th, 2014

I just played handball, well kind of. Our game requires a ball of any size and a vertical flat surface – like the side of an apartment building, garage door or wall. Hit the ball against the wall with your hand or fist and accrue points when the other misses the ball. Alternatively, just take […]

Movement Toward Learning

August 22nd, 2014

As a school teacher, I’m always looking for ways to fully engage students in their lessons. This summer, while teaching summer school, I taught my students how exercise helps their brains. As a reward for doing great on a lesson, the children would get to run a lap around the playground.  For brain breaks, we […]

Parent Playground #3

August 13th, 2014

-Bouncing your kids up and down using your hands, arms, feet, knees and legs. Do this while standing, sitting, laying down, etc.  Don’t just do it for 30 seconds. This is exercise for you and fun for your kiddo. Make it last!  -Do the above bouncing, and invent a story to go with it, like “Pizza […]

Peek-a-boo walking planks

July 9th, 2014

The runner PattiSue Plumer said “Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don’t think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made.” Like brushing our teeth, we play with our children daily too. Combine kid time with exercise time!  Try peek-a-boo walking planks!  Do the planks super slow, super fast, and […]


June 24th, 2014

Channel the excitement and enthusiasm about the World Cup into playing! Get out and kick around the soccer ball on the sidewalk, street or park. Practice every move you see. Try to pass the ball with the inside of your foot and the top of your laces like in real soccer. Pass it back and […]

Some of the most Inspiring Athletes

June 2nd, 2014

The most common reason people give for not exercising is lack of time.  As a parent of two children who works inside and outside the home, I understand. Some of the people I admire most are athletes who have to go above and beyond to exercise. Yes, they have to prioritize their time, but they […]

Parent Playground #2

April 9th, 2014

A lot of these games parents will do once or twice and call it quits. I say continue on, let your shoulders fatigue holding your child above your head, let your legs shake from exhaustion of letting your kids “fly”, allow your heart rate to soar playing together while getting exercise at the very same […]

Bocci Ball

March 14th, 2014

Tonight, we finished dinner 30 minutes before the kid’s bedtime. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and it seemed like a bummer to stay in the house and do the never-ending dishes. My son took out our Bocci ball kit and we started playing in the backyard. It was incredibly fun! While I was wondering how […]