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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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Time for Milk

Have you had a glass of milk today? If not, you should!

Milk is one of the best sources of protein, essential vitamins and minerals there is. It will help you grow strong muscles and bones.

If you like milk, you should have at least one glass every day. What a great, healthy habit!

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Ever Played “Tag”?

Here are the rules of a game called “tag” - it’s very simple, but is great for getting outside and running, running, running! Play with a group of friends in a yard or playground - don’t play in the a street with traffic!

A group of players (two or more) decide who is going to be ‘it’. “It” then chases the others to get close enough to “tag” them — a touch with the hand — while the others try to escape. A “tag” makes the tagged player “it”. The game continues until the players are tired or lose interest. Calling “no tag-backs”,after being tagged means that the person tagged must tag another person other than the previous ‘it’. (rules quoted from wikipedia)

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Tommy Turtle in the Edmond Outlook!

What a great article! Check it out -

http://www.edmondoutlook.com/edmond_ok/628/toning_up_with_tommy_the_turtle/

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Food Question!

Here are the foods - Watermelon, green beans, broccoli and asparagus.

All of these foods are vegetables except one - They are all very good for you, but which one is the fruit?

Post your answer in the comments section!

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3 Exercise Challenge!

Here are the 3 exercises: jumping jacks, high knees, and arm circles (we’ve done jumping jacks before!)

High knees are just like running in place, only now you have to raise your knees up to your belly button with every step! Remember to move your arms and stay up tall as well.

Arm circles are really easy to do, but they will challenge your shoulders. Pretend you swimming through the air, try little circles, and big circles, forward and backward circles.

HERE’S THE CHALLENGE:
1. 20 jumping jacks
2. 20 high knees
3. 20 arm circles
4. and do them all over again for a total of 3 times!

GOOD LUCK!

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