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Fast Fitness - Children as Leg Weights

Here is Friday Fast Fitness - Train children's balance and grip strength, use your legs, and have family fun.

  1. Have young children sit on your feet, and hang on (sensibly, parent's permission, and all that). Babies are born with a grasping reflex and are stronger than you may expect.
  2. Do any variety of walking, marching, dancing, and range of motion, while standing, or sitting, while they act as natural strength and endurance trainers and floor dusters.
  3. Teach sharing, enjoyment, physical skills, personal interaction, and all the good you can think of.

Outside of all the debates of whether leg weights are helpful or not, fun activity with your family can develop many strengths.

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