A sedentary lifestyle can make you forget how fun it is to be active and to move your body. Don’t let this happen to you or your kids!
Let’s Move! says that children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight. Furthermore, studies have shown that children who are physically active on a regular basis:
Are less likely to become overweight;
Have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes;
Have reduced blood cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure;
Have higher self-esteem and reduced incidences of depression and anxiety;
Are more likely to build strong bones and muscles; and
Are more attentive in school.
While nothing is as fun as a day out at the park, if you’re looking for a fun way to bond with your family and incorporating physical activity on a rainy day — or need a new activity to do in your backyard or when you’re traveling, check out Flip2BFit — a board game puts the fun back into fitness by introducing the basic concepts of yoga, cardio, stretching and strength exercises to kids and parents.
"Flip2BFit is the brainchild of my childhood memories of board games, family fun night and being part of competitive sports my entire life,” said founder Heather Parisi. “I felt there had to be a way to get children away from their video games and back to the basics of jumping, running, laughing and having fun together and as a family. Flip2BFit is the result and the answer to this situation.”
In about 30 minutes, players learn about nutrition, make healthy choices and perform various equipment-free exercises featured on different playing cards, such as burpees, jumping jacks, downward dog, squats and running in place. By the end of the game, you’ll find that you completed a great workout without even realizing it.
The rules are simple: With two to four players or two to four teams (ages 6 and up), you must leave home and travel through the park to meet Springer the dinosaur in the playground. Along the way, you have to spin the wheel to determine which exercise card you pick, which can be Strength, Yoga, Cardio or Stretching. After you spin, pick up the card and do the exercise on the card. Then you can advance on the board.
Mixed into the card decks are Fact or Fiction cards that test your knowledge of nutrition. Answer wrong and you have to move back a space.
Flip2BFit also has Bakari, a fitness memory card game will get everyone moving, plus challenge minds. Match two physical activity cards then earn points by challenging your body to successfully complete them.
While we’re battling obesity in the United States, Africa is struggling with malnutrition. Through a partnership with Fitness for Africa, an organization founded by Parisi, Flip2BFit has been accepted and used as the means of organized fitness instruction in schools in Uganda. According to the nonprofit, since introducing the game, Ugandan school children have demonstrated improved grades, a growth in self-esteem, better sleep, stronger muscles, greater focus and more. Even the Ugandan adults that have participated report a positive impact, having experienced fewer aches and pains and better sleep.
Two cheers for fitness!