In fact, I'm channeling my inner Olivia Newton John right now as I'm reviewing the new line of fitness products for kids call First Fitness.
Launched in July, the company aims to get little behinds off the sofa and jumping, running and playing their way towards fitness.
Ready for the scary statistics: Approximately 30% of all kids ages 6-14 are overweight and 15% are obese. First Fitness (a division of the Aqua Leisure Company) has come up with 30+ new products that aim to make exercise fun. The company's CEO Steve Berenson says his new line "instills a love of physical activity in even the youngest children."
I was sold, so I tested out three of their offerings:
The 18" exercise ball: Basically a great big bouncy ball. My daughter and I rolled it around outdoors and a fit of giggles ensued. Soon I had attracted a swarm of kids. A sure-fire hit for outdoor fun. $9.99
The multi-function pedometer: I was fascinated to see the steps add up. This is a great item for school aged-kids and weaning little ones off the stroller habit. $12.99
Fun-Foam Interlocking Hopscotch: I loved this game as a kid and I still enjoy testing my balance and coordination. The set is bright and colorful and a snap to set up indoors or out. The blacks can also be used to soften a play surface for infants and toddlers. $9.99
There's plenty to pick from to suit your needs and home. I couldn't find may of the toys online (yet) but they are going to be carried on Amazon and e-toys. For a complete list of retailers click here.