Animal Moves You Can Try

Each person is unique therefore each person will enjoy different kinds of physical activity. To make exercise more fun it is important to discover which kind of movement best suits each individual’s body and personality. Take animals for instance. Look at how they are built and how they move and play−learn from these animals and have some fun with your kids!

  • Cats – You learn a lot about stretching from cats. They slowly stretch their entire body which is important for animals and humans because it helps to keep muscles flexible. Stretching helps to warm up muscles before physical activity and also to cool down muscles following physical activity. Remember to practice safe stretching with proper technique and be sure to hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
  • Monkeys – Climbing and swinging is a monkey’s favourite thing to do. Many people may not think monkeys are strong but picture how easily they swing from branch to branch. It’s the same principle as an activity like chin-ups or pull-ups where you are using your arms and then hanging for as long as you can. These activities are great for increasing muscle in the upper body.
  • Bears – Known for their slow and steady muscular endurance and powerful legs, bears are extremely muscular animals. For strong, powerful muscles like bears use light hand-held free weights or try activities such as rock-climbing or hiking.
  • Otters – If you and your kids enjoy swimming and playing in water you can enjoy activities like diving, swimming on your back and rolling over, just like an otter. Otters stay in great physical shape by swimming so much so try activities such as canoeing, water slides, or swimming at the beach or backyard pool, all of these activities will keep you active and healthy.
  • Dolphins –Being in groups and being social is a dolphins favourite thing. Dolphin types really like team sports or simply getting together with a group of friends to play a game like tag or shooting a few hoops. Exercising in groups can be a lot of fun, and dolphins show us how groups can enjoy themselves and get a lot of exercise together.

If you observe animals you will understand why and how being physically active is natural. Find ways to move that suit you and your children’s body and personality−you will all be fit and have fun together!

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