Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics
Apr
2
2:00 pm14:00

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics

  • Little House

Get ready for Spring. On the MOVE is a strength and conditioning clinic for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. Inspired by obstacle racing and American Ninja Warrior, this program will teach kids physical literacy and cooperation skills to build strength, confidence and self-esteem. The 5-week session includes an initial and post-program fitness assessment.  Space is limited. Sign up TODAY and help your kids build strong bodies and active minds. 

5-Week Session - $75.00; Single Drop-in class $20.00
Sundays, March 5 - April 2, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm


Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics
Mar
26
2:00 pm14:00

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics

  • Little House

Get ready for Spring. On the MOVE is a strength and conditioning clinic for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. Inspired by obstacle racing and American Ninja Warrior, this program will teach kids physical literacy and cooperation skills to build strength, confidence and self-esteem. The 5-week session includes an initial and post-program fitness assessment.  Space is limited. Sign up TODAY and help your kids build strong bodies and active minds. 

5-Week Session - $75.00; Single Drop-in class $20.00
Sundays, March 5 - April 2, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics
Mar
19
2:00 pm14:00

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics

  • Little House

Get ready for Spring. On the MOVE is a strength and conditioning clinic for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. Inspired by obstacle racing and American Ninja Warrior, this program will teach kids physical literacy and cooperation skills to build strength, confidence and self-esteem. The 5-week session includes an initial and post-program fitness assessment.  Space is limited. Sign up TODAY and help your kids build strong bodies and active minds. 

5-Week Session - $75.00; Single Drop-in class $20.00
Sundays, March 5 - April 2, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics
Mar
12
2:00 pm14:00

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics

  • Little House

Get ready for Spring. On the MOVE is a strength and conditioning clinic for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. Inspired by obstacle racing and American Ninja Warrior, this program will teach kids physical literacy and cooperation skills to build strength, confidence and self-esteem. The 5-week session includes an initial and post-program fitness assessment.  Space is limited. Sign up TODAY and help your kids build strong bodies and active minds. 

5-Week Session - $75.00; Single Drop-in class $20.00
Sundays, March 5 - April 2, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics
Mar
5
2:00 pm14:00

Spring 2017 On the MOVE Strength & Conditioning Clinics

  • Little House

Get ready for Spring. On the MOVE is a strength and conditioning clinic for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. Inspired by obstacle racing and American Ninja Warrior, this program will teach kids physical literacy and cooperation skills to build strength, confidence and self-esteem. The 5-week session includes an initial and post-program fitness assessment.  Space is limited. Sign up TODAY and help your kids build strong bodies and active minds. 

5-Week Session - $75.00; Single Drop-in class $20.00
Sundays, March 5 - April 2, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm

 

 

 

Pop-Up Obstacle and Slackline Practice
Feb
25
4:30 pm16:30

Pop-Up Obstacle and Slackline Practice

  • Peter's Park (behind Tennis Courts)

Join us on Saturday, February 25 from 4:30 - 5:30 at Peter's Park in the South End for a pop-up obstacle and slackline practice session for kids 6-12. Come try out some obstacle activities and out ninja line. We will meet in the grassy area behind the tennis courts. Drop in.

Share Your Knowledge for a Chance to WIN a Fitbit
Feb
2
Feb 10

Share Your Knowledge for a Chance to WIN a Fitbit

We hope our Family Fitness Challenge motivated you to get more active and explore new healthy eats. We want you to share with us your experience of how you incorporated exercise and play into your busy lifestyle. Create a family fitness video (60 seconds max) with some of the workouts you have completed. Post it on Instagram tagging @Reimagineplay and use the hashtag #FamFitChallenge between February 1 and 10th. Get creative and playful. The video with the most likes will win a Fitbit at the end of February! 

Global School Play Day
Feb
1
6:00 am06:00

Global School Play Day

Today, February 1st is Global School Play Day, aimed at raising awareness about the necessity of unstructured play. February 4, 2015, was the first annual Global School Play Day where over 65,000 students participated from around the world. Over 277,000 kids are expected to celebrate Global School Play Day in 2017.

Healthy and Innovative School Lunch Ideas
Jan
31
6:00 am06:00

Healthy and Innovative School Lunch Ideas

School lunches don't always contain the healthiest ingredients and sometimes we run out of ideas of what to make for our kids. We all want our children to eat better meals that will keep them fueled up throughout the school day. Take a look at what other children have for lunch around the world

10-Minute Brain Breaks for Kids & Grown-ups
Jan
30
6:00 am06:00

10-Minute Brain Breaks for Kids & Grown-ups

Movement Breaks or Brain Boosters are short movement bursts that you can do throughout the day, especially before school and in between classes. They can help energize you in the morning before a meeting or relax and calm you before a test. The goal is to get some moderate to vigorous activity that gets the blood pumping. 

A Tour of Indoor Family Recreation and Playspaces
Jan
29
6:00 am06:00

A Tour of Indoor Family Recreation and Playspaces

If you're feeling a bit home bound, create your own tour of indoor and outdoor play spaces and recreation centers that excite the family. From trampoline parks to climbing gyms, Massachusetts has some really fun places where playing is a full-time gig. Decide on a few spots to try from the variety of options below. Check for any discounts on Groupon or Rush49 and register and sign waivers in advance to avoid long lines. Remember to share your highlights with us on Instagram at #famfitchallenge.

 

Playground Workout for You and the Kids
Jan
28
6:00 am06:00

Playground Workout for You and the Kids

As we get pockets of warm weather this winter, take advantage of the mild temperatures and get outside to the park. Get the most of your family time by making it fitness time. While your kids are playing, do a quick jog around the playground for a warm up. Then try this fun workout by Katy Widrick of Fix.com and get yourself in great shape while spending time with the kids. Thanks Fix.com! 

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Jump Rope Challenge
Jan
27
6:00 am06:00

Jump Rope Challenge

With so many cool workouts, you might be asking why we would pick a jump rope challenge. The simple answer is that its efficient, low cost, portable, and fun. It's also an important movement skill that every child should master. Plus, for adults, jumping rope can burn a ton of calories. 

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Thursday Quote of the Day
Jan
26
6:00 am06:00

Thursday Quote of the Day

If you have stuck with the commitment to getting more active, be proud of what you have accomplished so far. Even small steps count. The wellness journey can be long and hard, but the promise is a better and healthier you!

Fun Partner Workouts that Keep You Motivated
Jan
25
6:00 am06:00

Fun Partner Workouts that Keep You Motivated

One of the best ways to maintain fitness routine is to have a partner or buddy that keeps you accountable. Kids can often be that motivator to get us to move. Try these fun partner moves with your kids and it may make what you thoughts was boring a great bonding exercise.

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Making Sense of Food Guidelines
Jan
24
6:00 am06:00

Making Sense of Food Guidelines

If you're confused about the latest food guidelines, you're not alone. At times we're told to each more protein, and less fat. Now a plant-based diet is highly recommended by nutrition experts. To help sort through the latest healthy eating recommendations, we looked to MyPlate, the current nutrition guidelines published by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Winter Sports Conditioning Workout
Jan
23
6:00 am06:00

Winter Sports Conditioning Workout

As we get into winter sports season, it's important to stay in top shape to avoid injuries. Winter sports such as skiing, snow boarding and ice skating require agility, power and balance. Our Lead Trainer, Ann Bruck and Ice Skating Instructor, Natalie Velasquez, developed this quick conditioning guide to get you in top winter shape. Do this routine 3-times per week for fast results.

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Fun Family Walks and Hikes
Jan
22
6:00 am06:00

Fun Family Walks and Hikes

Walking is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get moving and start a fitness routine. Walking uses all of the major muscle groups in the upper and lower body. It's also a low impact movement, which can be made more challenging by increasing speed, distance and time as you build endurance. Better yet, it's a way to spend time outdoors and explore new territory. For you weekend warriors, try one of these beautiful places to walk and hike just within an hour of Boston.

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On the MOVE Family Fitness Class
Jan
21
3:30 pm15:30

On the MOVE Family Fitness Class

  • The Little House

Join Us on January 21st for a FREE On the MOVE Family Fitness Class

Looking to get active with your kids? On the MOVE is a fun, play-inspired fitness clinic for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. The program incorporates fun obstacles, agility drills and body-weight movements to get kids more active and strong. Our class is part of our first Family Fitness Challenge.

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm

WHERE: The Little House, 275 E. Cottage Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Space is limited. Register here to reserve your spot TODAY and help your kids build strong bodies and active minds. 

10 Veggies to Try with Family Dinners
Jan
20
6:00 am06:00

10 Veggies to Try with Family Dinners

Its no secret that most kids don't eat the recommended amount of veggies or fruits. Vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for a child’s growth, but its a challenge to get our kids to eat them. Get your kids curious about the beautiful array of vegetables by letting them choose what they want to try. This week, take a trip to the grocery store or a local farmer's market and have the kids pick a veggie they have never tried. Here are our top 10 veggie picks and kid-friendly recipes that we love to pair with family dinners.  

  1. Asparagus - a nice one in scrambles and stir-frys
  2. Broccoli - perfect with just a little steaming
  3. Butternut Squash - a good one to sneak into pastas
  4. Cauliflower - the new kale. Here's how to brighten it up
  5. Carrots - filled with beta carotene, this staple can take on many forms
  6. Cucumber - refreshing and great with fresh guacamole in place of chips
  7. Eggplant - try Chinese eggplant which cooks faster 
  8. Kale - make into a pesto for a healthy pasta side dish
  9. Peppers - sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy, peppers make great snacks
  10. Sweet Potatoes - a healthful alternative to the regular spud

For more kids friendly vegetable ideas, check out these fun samplings by Parents magazine.

From Week 3 of our Healthy Eating Guide by Fresh Communications.

From Week 3 of our Healthy Eating Guide by Fresh Communications.

7-Minute Workout Challenge
Jan
19
6:00 am06:00

7-Minute Workout Challenge

The well-known 7-minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout is alive and well. This scientific workout was measured several years ago by researchers to evaluate its effectiveness. The movements are ordered to get maximum results in a short period of time using just your body-weight. You can even do the workout at home with the kids and in your pajamas. Pretty cool eh?  The trick is to repeat the workout 2-3 times at a high intensity effort about three days per week.

If you want cues and a timer, use the New York Times Well Blog version that walks you though all the moves. There is even a 7-minute workout app for kids. If you prefer a diagram, check out Greatist's circuit below. Remember to share your moves on Instagram and tag Reimagine Play using hashtag #famfitchallenge.

Source: Greatist's The 7-Minute Workout That Science Says Actually Works

Source: Greatist's The 7-Minute Workout That Science Says Actually Works

 

 

#Wednesday Wisdom - How to Drink More Water
Jan
18
6:00 am06:00

#Wednesday Wisdom - How to Drink More Water

We all know it; water is one of the body's most essential nutrients. We can't live more  than a few days or so without water. That's because water is the foundation for all body functions. It represents over 60 percent of our body weight. When we don't drink enough water, we can become dehydrated. Mild dehydration can even drain your energy and make you feel tired. Water is also vital for maintaining a healthy weight, plus it's sugar and calorie free. 

How Much Water Do Kids Need?

The amount of water that your child needs each day varies on their age, weight and gender. The chart below shows approximately how much water kids of different ages and genders need daily for proper hydration. 

Guidelines for Daily Water Intake for Kids

This may seem like a lot, but these recommendations are for total liquids from all sources - water, other beverages and food. About 1-3 additional cups of water should come from the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Kids should also drink extra water when they are physically active and in hot weather. Aim for a half cup to two cups of water every 15 to 20 minutes while exercising.

Data is from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) Tables. Recommended Daily Allowance and Adequate Intake Values: Total Water and Macronutrients.

 

#TuesdayInspiration - Keep On Going with your Wellness Journey
Jan
17
6:00 am06:00

#TuesdayInspiration - Keep On Going with your Wellness Journey

We love this quote "Keep On Keepin' On." It's exactly the motivation we need sometimes to affirm that we are going in the right direction with our wellness journey.

We all know it's challenging to start and stick with a fitness routine. According to a recent study by the Journal of Psychology, starting with a cue may help create long lasting habits. A cue is something external that triggers you to complete a well-practiced routine. For example, brushing your teeth right before bed and in the morning is pretty engrained in most of us since its cued by waking up and going to the bathroom. 

When you’re starting to develop a fitness routine, sticking with a cue appears to be what will get you back to your workout consistently. Find a cue that works for you. Taking a walk or run before the kids wake up or during lunch time. Maybe its going to the gym right after work to avoid rush hour. Here are six habit forming techniques to get you going.

1. Identify a cue that gets you going.

2. Complete small workouts - 7-minutes and add more time each day.

3. Schedule in your activities just as you would an important meeting.

4. Try activities that are fun and make you feel happy.

5. Get a partner to exercise with you. A buddy - even the kids - keeps you accountable. 

6. Find music that you associate with your favorite fitness activities.

Try Yoga with the Kids
Jan
16
6:00 am06:00

Try Yoga with the Kids

Slow your roll this week for a just a few minutes with a 3-minute yoga exercise. This is a great way to start your day or take a break during a stressful rush-rush afternoon. Encourage the kids to do this exercise with you. Ask them to notice how they are feeling during the movements and later in the day. Make it fun and you'll enjoy the positive, healthy effects you will start to build for you and the kids.

 

What's Your Play Personality?
Jan
15
6:00 am06:00

What's Your Play Personality?

We all have an inner child that gets unleashed when we're playing. Active play develops important life skills, emotional intelligence and our problem-solving prowess. Take our play personality quiz to see which of Dr. Stuart Brown's eight play personality types fits you, and what can motivate you to play more. Do the quiz with the kiddos too.

On the MOVE Family Fitness Class
Jan
14
2:30 pm14:30

On the MOVE Family Fitness Class

  • The Little House

Join Us on January 14th for a FREE On the MOVE Family Fitness Class

Looking to get active with your kids? On the MOVE is a fun, play-inspired fitness clinic for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. The program incorporates fun obstacles, agility drills and body-weight movements to get kids more active and strong. Our class is part of our first Family Fitness Challenge.

WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm

WHERE: The Little House, 275 E. Cottage Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Space is limited. Register here to reserve your spot TODAY and help your kids build strong bodies and active minds. 

Friday Night Dance Party
Jan
13
6:00 pm18:00

Friday Night Dance Party

Get your groove on with a family dance off night! Dancing is a fun, inexpensive way to get moving and stay healthy as a family. Get those dancing shoes on. Bring your best music and moves and challenge each other to a dance off!

For a family dance night out, check out IBA's Afro-Venezuelan Concert featuring Betsayda Machado at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston's South End on 1/13 from 7:00-9:30 pm.

SUGAR Reset Challenge
Jan
12
6:00 am06:00

SUGAR Reset Challenge

The word is out - the American family, especially kids are getting too much added sugar in their diets, according to the latest CDC report. Nowadays, added sugar is found in most of our foods - from bread to salad dressing. The health consequences of our sugar addiction are serious. Increased sugar consumption leads to a variety of health problems, including obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. 

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released new guidelines limiting the amount of added sugar considered acceptable for a healthy diet. For most American women, that's no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it's 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. And for children its about 3 teaspoons a day. Consider that  one 8 ounce container of chocolate milk has more than this amount.

So for our Family Fitness Challenge, we are challenging you to cut back on the added sugars and swap artificial sweeteners for nature's fruits. To calculate how much sugar is in your food, try That Sugar App from That Sugar Film or the New York Times sugar calculator. The AHA also has some great tips for cutting down on sugar and making simple swaps that will last a lifetime. How much can you cut? 

Tuesday Inspiration - It's Plank Night!
Jan
10
6:00 am06:00

Tuesday Inspiration - It's Plank Night!

Tuesday is plank night! Planks are a great way to develop core strength. Your abdominal muscles provide support for our entire back. So a strong core can help prevent injuries and improve performance in many activities, including sports. 

Get the whole family to participate in this challenge. Hold a full (high) plank for one minute. Take a 30 second break, then hold an elbow plank for another minute. Make sure your body alignment is straight and parallel to the floor. Do these plank exercises 3-4 times per week. Each week, add on another minute until you can do this five minute plank workout by Darebee. By the end of the month, you will have a much stronger spine and core.