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Winter fitness with a child friendly twist

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With the first day of winter fast approaching on December 21, why not make the winter solstice a way to inspire children and youth to develop fitness habits that will keep them healthy now and into the future.

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Kids high energy during the holidays can be perfectly normal, but there are ways to positively re-direct that energy by practicing simple yoga poses.

Kids have a natural curiosity and creativity. Yoga can help kids release anxiety, decrease hyperactivity , and manage strong emotions.

In addition, it is a non-competitive form of exercise, suitable for children of all ages and athletic abilities.

Yoga can be practiced any time and anyplace, which is an advantage during the winter months where the weather can prevent kids from exercising outside.

Instead of kids sitting inside watching TV or playing computer or video games, incorporate yoga into their daily lives.

To get started, try the following yoga routine with kids, which is adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, published by Stafford House Books, Inc. in Pacific Palisades, California.

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