It is that time of year when kids LOVE to be outside (no matter how hot it is!) and parks, especially swings are a favorite activity!
When swinging, practice pumping legs to swing yourself. Kick as you come forward (“kick the sky” or give feet high fives) and bend knees as you swing back (“turtle legs”).
See how many times you can kick the sky and have turtle legs in a row!
Did you know that 2 year olds can bear crawl?
Try walking on hands and feet down a hallway. For an added challenge, bear walk over pillows and couch cushions!
Bear walking requires engagement of multiple muscle groups including the abdominal muscles. This exercise improves endurance and coordination as well.
Start with knees straight and hands near your feet. Slowly walk your hands out all the way into a plank without moving your feet. Then, keep your hands still and take small steps to walk your feet in. Repeat this all the way down a hallway.
Walking like an inchworm improves abdominal, upper and lower body strength. This exercise engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously and can assist in supporting proper posture. Additionally, the muscles in the hip and ankle are stretched. Coordination is improved, as this requires proper sequencing of the upper and lower body.
To see a sequence of the steps visit: https://gethealthyu.com/exercise/inch-worm/