Archive for July, 2009

Jumping Jacks Video

Any questions on the jumping jacks technique?

Check out this video for any help you might need!


Tommy Turtle in the Daily Oklahoman

Follow the link to read a great Saturday write-up by John Williams.


Eric and Tommy Turtle at the OKC Zoo

On Saturday July 25, from 8am-noon, Eric will be attending the Animal Author Expo at the Oklahoma City Zoo to promote his book “Tommy Turtle: Exercise is Fun.”

Setup right inside the front gates, come by to see Eric, buy a copy of the book, or get your copy signed (if you haven’t already).

The weather should be great and don’t forget about the animals! See you this weekend!


What’s Your Favorite Juice?

There are many fruit juices to choose from - Apple, Orange, Cranberry, Grape, etc.

Which one is your favorite?

Fruit juice is a great way to get your fruit servings for the day, and they taste great! So, instead of drinking a soft drink, grab your favorite fruit juice!


Running in Place

Let’s do a Running in Place workout!

Find a watch or a clock with a second hand. We will used these to keep track of our time during the exercise.

Here’s the challenge:
1. For 1 minute - run in place at a very easy pace (more of a jog, for warm up)
2. For 30 seconds - run in place at a very fast pace (try to get your heart rate up)
3. For 30 seconds - run in place at a very easy pace (more of a jog)
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for a total of 5 minutes - if that’s too easy, try 10 minutes.

Good Luck! You’ll be running faster in no time!


Bouncing on your Toes

Being able to move on your toes is the key to a quick first step and fast running. Here’s how to practice!

1. Stand up tall
2. Raise your heels off the ground and balance on the balls of your feet
3. Slowly bounce up and down - make sure your toes come off the floor, but don’t let your heels hit the floor until you finish.
4. Once you get get at that, try adding some speed - how fast can you do your toe bounces?

Soon, we’ll add the jump-rope to the exercise for an extra challenge!


Videos Coming Soon!

Videos will soon be added to the blog to help with visual demonstration of some of our exercises and healthy habits!

Stay tuned!


2 Exercise Challenge!

This challenge will include 2 exercises: jumping jacks and side shuffles.

To do a side shuffle:
1. stand with your feet wide apart
2. squat down, with your bottom out in the back - like your sitting in a chair
3. keep your feet flat
4. pick 2 spots that are 10-20 steps apart, and move sideways back and forth from one spot to the other

Here’s the challenge:
1. perform your side shuffles
2. every time you reach and end spot, do 20 jumping jacks
3. then start your shuffle back the other way
4. let’s try to do each of the exercises 3-4 times each - and if it’s too easy, keep going! See how many you can do!


Drinking Enough Water?

Did you know that the human body is made of 60-70% water? Wow, that a lot!

Drinking plenty of water to stay well hydrated is very important when it comes to being your healthiest.

Here’s a simple calculation to determine how much water you should drink
1. find out how much you weight (in pounds)
2. divide that number in half - and that’s how many ounces of water you should drink per day (minimum)
3. For those of you who are very active (and I know most of you are!), you should be drinking even more than that! Up to 75% of your total body weight.

Also, on these hot summer days, taking in enough water becomes even more important. While you play outside, and you sweat, you are losing valuable water that you body needs. So, drink plenty of water and juice while you play!


Tommy Turtle on News Channel 9!

For those of you that live in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area, be sure to tune into News Channel 9 at 5pm on Wednesday (7/15).

Amy Mcree gave a great interview and there should be some great info on the book!

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