Don’t lie. When you’re a parent of a 6-10 year old you’ve, at least once, let your kid play on that computer, watch TV, or stay on that video game consul for a few ridiculously long hours. After all, we’re in that day and age where the interwebs and digital devices reign as supreme “activity” creators for everyone. Unfortunately, it’s brain numbing, body neglecting, yet incredibly entertaining activity that even we, as parents, are guilty of subjecting ourselves to. We all know that obesity is an epidemic! The truth is, this generation of children today will never really know what actual, first-hand physical activity is unless we show them as motivators and as examples.
So what can meld the convenience and allure of the digital world and physical activity for our kids together? This is where LiveExercise.com steps in so fabulously. It’s called “Playtime.” A weekly half-hour exercise series designed to get kids moving in the comfort of their own home, and at any convenient time, since it’s available online and on Roku.
As someone who thinks physical activity is important (though not as always as committed as I would like to be) and who is an avid physical activity supporter for my own 8 year old son (a karate, jiu jitsu, and baseball master) I was excited to be introduced to the idea of Playtime by a friend. I watched the premier video and truly thought that the concept, founded by CEO and LiveExercise.com founder and father of three Blake Kassel, was a great idea. Especially, after my recent experience with John (my son) during winter break. School was out, Karate and Jiu Jitsu was closed due to the holidays, and it was too cold outside for him to play. He was on the Ipad playing Minecraft… A LOT. Sad face.
Playtime is split into two shows for different ages, Playtime Rookies is for ages 6-9 and Playtime Pros is for 9 and up. The first 2 shows will also be released on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/bodylastics. Right now, the shows are hosted and led by Aaron Stapleton, an experienced children's gymnastics instructor and veteran in children's health and fitness but they are looking to add a few cool kids to future episode. Which I think would be really cool. It’s definitely something to look forward to. I can’t wait to see how it evolves to teach the value of exercise and really capture the attention of young children. Be sure to check it out!