Rainy weather blues turn to exercise fun!

As the rainy and cooler weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest, and the days get darker earlier, what is a mother to do with her still active and energetic kids? Bring them to the gym of course!

Daylight wanes, but the gym is always bright and dry 

kids-on-sofaThe changing of the seasons is one of the greatest reasons to live in this beautiful part of the country. The waning days herald the coming of the holidays and hopefully some snow, but they also mean that kids are going to be holed up inside – with Mom – a lot more. We all love our children, and we understand the need for them to run and jump and play, but the afternoons can be long in a house altogether…

The benefits of exercise for children

20160816_171049This may be obvious, but the benefits of exercise for children are numerous. Here are some top thoughts to keep in mind. Children who are active:

  1. have stronger muscles and bones.
  2. have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat.
  3. be less likely to become overweight.
  4. decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  5. lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
  6. have a better outlook on life.

It is so important to begin talking about and modeling a healthy lifestyle with your children and for your children as early as possible. Kids are always paying attention – even when you think they are not!

Gym Star Sports Center is a welcoming place to spend the afternoon

kids-at-the-gymThe coaches at Gym Star Sports Center take their cue from owner Carolyn Saletto and provide a safe and fun learning environment for the kids. Whether your child is just starting in Kinder Gym or is spending 5 days a week on the Junior Olympic team, they will be a part of a supportive and physically challenging community. So take a look at the classes offered including gymnastics, hip hop, parkour, ballet, and even Barre Above (Moms need some exercise too!) Don’t let the cooler, rainy weather get you down this year – come to the Gym and have some fun!

 

Why Study Dance?

Many young girls dream of becoming ballerinas, but very few actually make it to the ranks of world class ballet companies. There are many examples of well known people who studied dance and were able to use those skills and training later in life. So what are some of the things that ballet training help with that will be useful in the future, and who are some of those famous people you might recognize?

Posture

Ballet dancers are easily spotted in a crowd because of the way they hold their heads and the way they move when they walk.  They seem to be gliding across the floor as they move through a room.

Confidence

The structure of a ballet class always includes “floor exercises”. These combinations of steps are completed in the middle of the floor as a group, but each student is seen and corrected by the teacher. There is always a section of the class that has the students practicing the combinations individually. These “mini performances” help to develop confidence and stage presence.

Coordination

Ballet dancers develop a keen sense of coordination and mental skills as each set of technical skills is done on the right side and the left side. While most dancers favor one side over the other, every dancer must learn all of the steps using both sides. The mental and physical result is increased coordination and symmetry.

People you may recognize

So how do these skills help in life? Just ask these celebrities who once dreamed of being a ballerina!

audrey-hepburnAudrey Hepburn studied ballet under one of the leading figures of Dutch ballet. She put those skills to use in the film Secret People.

 

 

 

 

amy-adamsAmy Adams apprenticed with a local ballet company before she made it big as a actress with some lovely dancing in Enchanted!

 

 

 

 

zoe-saldanaZoe Saldana studied at the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy in the Dominican Republic before she embarked on a career in acting with the break out movie Center Stage.