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Summit County: Stand & sit to get kids fit

Scott Lieblerspecial to the daily
Special to the Daily/Linda Kasprzyk

While some may think that young children get enough exercise by simply being in constant motion, it is purposeful and conscious movement that can build a foundation of strength, balance, endurance and coordination that can last a lifetime.Following sequential progression of simple movement patterns will develop finely tuned coordination. Repetition of these patterns builds muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Moving slowly and consciously will give them the balance that will enhance their skills in so many ways.One of the most effective movement patterns you can encourage 2-5 year olds to keep repeating is to sit and stand a variety of ways. Here’s a sequence of activities that will begin building power in the core muscles from their shoulders to their hips.Standing Dance1. Sit and stand several times.2. Sit and stand with hands on head3. Stand and shake one foot then the other4. Stand on one foot then the other 5. Stand on toes then heels several times6. Stand and kneel7. Stand and squatThere’s also a variety of beneficial activities you can encourage your children to do while their sitting on the floor.1. Straight and Bend – straighten legs and bend them at the knees several times2. Apart and Together – with legs straight, move them apart and together several times3. Straight – Bend – Apart – Together4. Make one leg straight and one bent as you switch back and forth5. Bend both legs and move them from side to side6. Keep both legs straight and move them from side to side7. Move them in circles from front to side to back to side to frontHow many more ways can your children sit and stand to keep them moving and improving!Scott Liebler is the founder of Move to Improve and Funsical Fitness for early childhood development. Move to Improve is a program sponsored by Summit Head Start, Early Childhood Options and funded by the Summit Foundation. For more information on this program call (303) 902-4985 or e-mail

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