Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Resolutions-Linky and Giveaway

So here it is... the same resolution I have made for MOST of my adult (and childhood) life... 

"This year I will be more physically active."

It is just NOT in my DNA... All of my favorite things involve inactivity... Reading, computer stuff, watching movies, eating ... (notice you do not see rock climbing?)

So the question for me is really... How do I make it obtainable?

I set a goal:  Train for a 10k.

This little baby has me on my way.

This is a Couch-to-10k that I downloaded on my phone!  You can find a ton of FREE apps that will help prepare you for 5k's, 10k's, or half marathon's.
click on the picture to find this app

Santa brought me this accessory too!   This Nike Fuel band helps me track my daily activity and will remind me to keep moving even if I have had a day that was a little less active.

I am planning on also bringing more fitness into my classroom in 2013. According to the American Heart Association 1 in 3 children (ages 2-19) are overweight   AND  1 in 6 are considered obese.   This is 5 times higher than the obesity rates of 1974.   I realize this is a complicated issue, but I feel an obligation to address this issue in my own way... How about in a fun way???

Kathleen from Growing Kinders introduced me to this AMAZING free web site.  My kids BEG me to put it on at the end of the day! It seriously gets the blood moving!  Each segment is 30 minutes long.


If you only have a few minutes or your kiddos need a brain break...they might like these little You Tube videos.  A sweet teacher down the hall from me introduced me to Koo Koo Kanga Roo.  I'm not kidding, my kinders L-O-V-E these!   They have a bunch to pick from!


Ok... I HAD to add this link... THANK YOU Sarah!!!
We just did a little Kung Fu Fighting in my living room!



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120 comments:

  1. I am trying to run/walk everyday for an hour. I am hoping to get back into the shape I was after having my baby:)

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  2. Brisk walking for at least 30 minutes every day!

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  3. Thank you (to you and Kathleen) for the Adventure to Fitness link! I can't wait to try it in class! I am like you....every year I make the same goal, and every year the fitness related resolution is the first to go. I hope to start running on a regular basis. Perhaps I will consider a 10K race like you are! Gosh! I wish I liked exercise more! Good luck!

    Christy
    Crayons and Whimsy

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  5. Thanks for the great website links! I've just bookmarked them to check them out with my Kindy kids this year. I downloaded that same app as you a month ago but the 5km version, but it's been too hot to use it at the moment (I'm in Australia and today it's 41 degrees, which is 105F, much too hot for exercise!)

    Have a lovely new year!

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  6. I am going to use C25K too! And do more KooKooKangaroo with my kids!!!
    Kaci

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  7. Hi Deedee,
    Thank you for posting about these great links for the little ones.
    My fitness goal is to get into the gym four days a week and lose weight. My husband and I made a bet, and I knew by doing that I would be successful. Gosh, I hope I am right! Ha!
    Robyn

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  8. Good luck with your 10k training. I'm planning on completing a half marathon this year for the first time.
    Danielle

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  9. I am going to have to try the links you suggested. I am also going to make time for me. No excuses! Also at our school are involved in a program called Gold Medal schools. We encourage the kids to run laps at the beginning of recess. We then translate the laps into miles. If we earn enough miles we are awarded Gold Medal status and a check to boot.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kris

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  11. Thank you for the links, I can't wait to try them out! All the best for your New Years resolution.. I have a similar one. Hopefully in a years time we will both be running big distances!

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  12. Thanks for the links! I've started the couch to 5k a dozen times and never finished it. This year it is my goal to finish it!

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  13. I will start my exercise video....it is great, but I have gotten so lazy! No excuses...

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  14. I love your blog. Hope you have a wonderful 2013!
    Diane

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  15. Thank you for sharing these great ways to get kids moving. So much research shows how important physical activity is to learning and as teachers we need to find ways to make it happen in the classroom since often more recess is not an option.

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  16. Love your fitness ideas! I am also guilty of sitting, reading blogs and watching tv all at the same time. Our school is in a area that stays cold and once we get snow....forget about going outside. I plan on starting some of these videos during our outdoor recess time. Thanks for sharing. )

    Annette
    craigheadra@verizon.net

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  17. Thanks for sharing that awesome website. At my school, the kids have to be up and moving for 30 minutes a day, even if it's raining, so I'm always looking for new ways to plan for indoor recess. Your plan for the 10k is inspiring! I have also always planned to make exercise a part of my life, but never seem to stick with the plan. Maybe I'll have to try a little harder this year. Thank you for always sharing your wonderful products and ideas! Good luck with the running and have a great new year!

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  18. What a great website for my classroom! I definitely need to work on my fitness routine! I have told myself I will walk or yoga after school. Now that I put it in writing I have to do it!
    Cheryl
    crayonsandcurls@gmail.com
    Crayons & Curls

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  19. Thank you for the website tips! I'm always looking for ways to get active in my classroom! As for personal goals, running and getting rid of baby weight are my main goals this year. Good luck to you! :)

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  20. Thanks so much! I striving to find a balance this year I am committed to making that happen.

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  21. I plan on doing Zumba in my classroom everyday as well as doing it at home with my little ones. Going to try to make this a family affair!

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  22. My husband bought me Pilates classes for Christmas. I think having it "scheduled" will help me stay on-track. I get lazy when I just work out at home!

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  23. Thanks so much for the post, staying active is so difficult for me. I had my knee replaced 2 years ago and ever since then I have struggled with this. Thanks for the inspiration and for the classroom ideas too. I hope to get in the pool this winter since that is the way I like the best to stay active.

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  24. I love the Couch to 5K app on my phone. I used it for quite some time this past year until I hurt my ankle then my foot. Hoping to get back into running again this coming year.

    I am headed over to check out the Adventures in Fitness. Looks like a lot of fun for my classroom.

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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  25. I have the app on my phone too..just need to get better at using it! I love the Adventures in Fitness and so do my kiddos. It really helps on rainy days.

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  26. Adventure to fitness is great fun in the classroom. I would love to train for a 5k. That is one of my goals this year! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I'm planning on taking my dog for walks longer than around the block...or at least, start there!
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley

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  28. I will try to get fit, by running on the treadmill twice a week, while my daughter is at swim team.

    Karen.Strawser@sbcglobal.net

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  29. I just joined a gym so my resolution is to go!
    loularkin@comcast.net

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  30. I tried to the Couch to 5K once. Didn't happen. I have been most successful with walking. I have a treadmill but seem to do better when I make the time to walk outside.
    cmccain@ricecisd.org

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  31. Do you have a 10K on your calendar? It helps me to put a race on my calendar to work towards. Love the exercise for the kids videos- I need new ones to keep the interest. Mine love the just dance kids videos on youtube.
    Gwen

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  32. Love your fitness ideas! I am also guilty of sitting, reading blogs and watching tv. I love your fitness ideas and am going to try hard to get off the recliner and move!
    lopezanamarie9@gmail.com

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  33. Love your fitness ideas! I am also guilty of sitting, reading blogs and watching tv. I love your fitness ideas and am going to try hard to get off the recliner and move!
    lopezanamarie9@gmail.com

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  34. Love your fitness ideas! I am also guilty of sitting, reading blogs and watching tv. I love your fitness ideas and am going to try hard to get off the recliner and move!
    lopezanamarie9@gmail.com

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  35. Love your fitness ideas! I am also guilty of sitting, reading blogs and watching tv. I love your fitness ideas and am going to try hard to get off the recliner and move!
    lopezanamarie9@gmail.com

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  36. Love your fitness ideas! I am also guilty of sitting, reading blogs and watching tv. I love your fitness ideas and am going to try hard to get off the recliner and move!
    lopezanamarie9@gmail.com

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  37. I am going to actually GO to the gym three times a week. My plan is to have a gym bag all set to go in my car so that I don't have to come home first... I have learned that once I set foot in the door of my house I will make any excuse not to leave :)

    Mary

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  38. Love the adventure to fitness link! Lots of indoor recess this time of year! I myself hope to get tone and be better about what I eat:) most importantly I hope to spend lots of family time together!

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  39. I LOVE your idea of incorporating some type of fitness in your classroom at the end of the day! I will definitely be looking into Adventures in Fitness and KooKoo Kangaroo! We already sing and DANCE throughout the day, but would love to incorporate more fitness fun in my room. I think it is important to show kids that being active is FUN! I currently teach about 4 ZUMBA Fitness classes per week and plan to add a ZUMBAtomic (ZUMBA for Kids) class after school.

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    1. Oh... Randee!!! How awesome it THAT!!! You ARE the ZUMBA queen!!!

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  40. I've also tried the Couch-to-10K and have found success. However, I never realized there was an app, which I will be downloading today as I need to get back into running. I love that you will be incorporating movement into your classroom. Check this site out for some great mix of songs that get kids dancing!

    http://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/justdancekinderchat

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    1. SARAH!!! I love! love! that link! I had to add it to my post. THANK you so much for telling me about it!

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  41. is thinking about walking actually exercise?...well...that is about as far as i have gotten in the past. I will take a "walk" before my holiday break is over...and see if i can build on that.
    laura
    lhardin@lcisd.org

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  42. I'll be using the Adventure to Fitness link in my classroom ~ I'm going to try to walk more in 2013! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  43. Now that my own kids are a bit older, I hope to get out with them more and run around just for fun. What better way to exercise than playing with your kids!
    Andrea
    simmonsa1@sfusd.edu

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  44. My Kinders LOVE Adventure to Fitness...I'll actually have to join in with them to get moving midday! Then I plan on heading off to the gym for 1 hour after school...weights, cardio, class...whatever! I really need to make this a priority! :)

    Danielle
    danielledandrea@aol.com

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  45. Just joined adventure to fitness....great resource for indoor recess on those snowy days ahead! I found a Pilates/yoga class to do 3 days a week. Going to try to alternate those days with the elliptical that hasn't been getting regular use.
    Michelle
    Mcoop1125@gmail.com

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  46. I am going to try to do some kind of physical activity every day. I have a plan.... Now to stick to it.

    Ashley
    arclark2012@gmail.com

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  47. My resolution is similar to yours - I am training for my first half marathon! I'm going to run one of the Diva series...we get our own tiara and pink feather boa...what more could a girl want?! Happy New Year :)
    Katrina

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  48. I need to get out and walk more. My husband and I used to power walk 2-3 miles regularly. As the weather got colder and colder the walks tapered off. Gotta get out there again. Happy New Year!

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  49. I am going to try to be better about exercising this year. :) My first year teaching has been exercise in itself!
    breannesimons@gmail.com

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  50. Last year, I ran a half marathon, so this year I WILL run a marathon. I will. I will... :) I LOVE using Nike Plus to track my runs.

    Kate
    katewintuska@insightbb.com

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  51. My fitness resolution is to join the Zumba group at school & get moving!

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  52. I have a wedding that I plan on attending (my own!), so that's pretty motivating for me! My goal this year is to run a race each month this year and it's totally okay for me to run more than one!

    Here's to a fitter 2013!

    Rae

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  53. I am loving that Nike bracelet! I think that is awesome that you are training for a 10k!! You can do it!
    Curls and a Smile

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  54. Thanks for the great tips on the fitness videos for my kiddos! Those are perfect for indoor recess days!

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  55. I am using the Couch to 5k app to get back into running and have signed up for virtual and "real" 5k races to train for :)

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  56. Thanks for the links to the videos...I've been needing to implement more brain and fitness breaks in class!

    Leanne
    Mrs. Prince & Co.

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  57. I successfully added exercise to my life as last year's resolution- so my goal is to increase to 6 days a week this year!

    mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

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  58. Thanks for the awesome links! My kids will definitely love doing those. :) My goal is to work out a few times a week at the gym. Here's to 2013!

    -Arisbeth Rossi
    Sailing Into Second
    arisbeth.rossi@gmail.com

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  59. Love the Couch to 5k app, thanks for sharing! One major goal for the year is to be pop free and drink lots more water. I've made it 11 weeks so far and I really want to hit that year mark! :)

    cathy@missversteeg.com
    www.missversteeg.com
    My new TpT store!

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  60. You can do it! But really I know you can. It is so much easier to set goals and try little by little. I use Adventure to Fitness in my class on rainy days for recess and my kids love it! Happy New Year!
    Rambling About Reading

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  61. Last January I started using the LoseIt app on my phone and lost 10 lbs.You can do it. Good luck. I plan on adding excerise into my classroom and daily life.

    kinderink.com

    Erin

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  62. Good luck with your training! We just danced a whole bunch with Koo Koo Kanga Roo today for our inside recess. :)

    ~Jessica
    Fun in PreK-1

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  63. I got a pedometer for Christmas so I am hoping that will help with my fitness plans!

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  64. I hope to accomplish my fitness goals by joining a Crossfit gym. =)

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

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  65. My goal for my class is also to bring more activity into the classroom. Thank you for the great resources!

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  66. Thanks for sharing the website. I have started the 17 day diet program which includes 17 minutes of walking the 1st phase and adds more later.....love your blog!! Thanks again, Christie

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  67. Thanks for being a huge inspiration! I have resolved to "Just Do It". Easier said than done :). I have tried many things but ultimately it all comes down to being active. I will squeeze out 45 minutes of my day and follow through with these awesome exercise CDs I own. Wish you the best in 2013!

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  68. My husband and I have started juicing, eating better foods, and walking for 30 minutes a day.

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  69. I will use my pedometer every day. I will also start eating better.
    Carolyn
    dopey0222@gmail.com

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  70. My goal is to up my strength training and making fitness a priority rather than something I get to when I have the energy. I enjoy being active but feel so drained after teaching that I end up on the couch. :(

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  71. I can't wait to check out that website! I'd love to incorporate more fitness into my classroom, but it's hard to fit it all in my half-day schedule! mattandba@gmail.com

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  72. My goal is to walk with my hubby and beagle every day the weather will allow.
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  73. I am pretty good about walking/working out during the school year, but during the summer I only walk and over Christmas break I don't do anything...so I would like to keep up my routine all year round!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  74. I am going to continue what I started last year, eat healthy and exercise at least 150 min. A week. My students love Adventure to fitness! I use it when my students don't get their special. I use the dance videos on you tube for a brain break, the Gummi Bear song is a favorite. I like them because they are short so we do 2 or 3 and everyone is happy

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  75. Oops, forgot my email.
    Lori
    Lvanhove@comcast.net

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  76. My goal is to get back into exercising with my Biggest Loser dvds & to ride my new stationary bike EVERY DAY! dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  77. Thank you for your post! My resolution is to re-introduce myself to my treadmill this year. Clairhr@comcast.net

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  78. I'm tracking my food, water, and exercise with SparkPeople.com and getting back to Zumba.

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  79. Love the Couch-to-10k app. I bought a fitbit to start using. I am also going to reintroduce myself to a treadmill.

    melody.stokesberry@yahoo.com

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  80. I plan to get back to using my workout DVDs. I love that I can pick and choose from different ones I have and can do them at any time in my own home, I don't like gyms. I also like to ski in the winter so I know that I need to keep at least a little bit in shape throughout the other seasons. This doesn't always happen tho which is why I need to get back to those DVD's... ;)
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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  81. Love you DeeDee! I am so proud of you!

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  82. Looking forward to hearing about your goals being completed. My fitness goals are to do more yoga and walk my doggies more during the week.

    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

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  83. Gonna try my first marathon this year!?! Wish me luck!!

    kemenielsen@yahoo.com

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  84. I'm going to do the Couch to 5K. I did a 5K last year, but would love to run it this year instead of walk. Have to check out that Nike Fuel Band! Good luck with your goals! I know you'll make it! Susan

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  85. We've got to be good role models for kids...being chair potatoes at school sure doesn't do that. The videos will be great motivators. Lets all do an honesty check every month and see where we are! Karen

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  86. I'm going to try my hardest to stop drinking soda while at school and start drinking only water and milk. Also, I plan to actually USE my treadmill this year! :)

    Blessings,
    Marlana
    Lil' Country Kindergarten

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  87. Thanks for the links to the fitness videos. I will definitely introduce these to the class when we go back to school!

    Thanks for all of you wonderful ideas and good luck with the training.

    nafoley@tampabay.rr.com

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  88. I have carved out time in the morning to exercise every day, and I'm not allowed on the computer until I do it!

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  89. Hoping to walk daily after work and will definitely incorporate the videos in class. lizbirdbrown@hotmail.com

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  90. I already use the adventure to fitness videos and LOVE them! I'm promising to be better about active brain breaks throughout the day!!!! I've not been very good at that when trying to fit it ALL in!!!!

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  91. My son takes karate at the YMCA. I joined, but usually sit and watch/grade papers/look on my iphone... Now I am going to leave all that at home (or in the car at least) and work out. That gives me 3 guaranteed days in the gym!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  92. We have a group called Fit for Learning. Always looking for new and fun things to do with the kinders. Thank you. Keeping my fingers crossed that I might win. It would be a first.
    THYordan@aol.com

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  93. Love your resolution and the tools you are using to help you get there! I have my own gym membership and my terrible excuse is that it is too far from my house! But this year I hope to make better use of it or join a place where they have fun classes to take that don't make it seem like I'm actually working out. I would also love to run a 10K or even a half marathon! I ran cross country in high school and part of college and would like to get back into the swing of it! Good luck on your fitness goals!!

    Jenna
    frederickjennam@gmail.com

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  95. I also hope ot become more physically active this new year(: I want to sign up for a gym and take some dance classes to motivate myself more to exercise. I love all of your ideas.

    Angie
    angelicag1414@yahoo.com

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  96. Running the NYC half marathon on March 17th...training starts tomorrow! :-)

    Andrea
    Andrea.etz@gmail.com

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  97. I joined Healthy for the Holidays for the month of Dec. on FB. You had to exercise 5 days a week for at least 20 min. Joining again for January:)

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  98. Thanks for the links to the fitness videos. I plan on doing brisk walking and drinking Kangen water.

    lyons.cori@gmail.com

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  99. Thank you for sharing the links!! My daughter and I are going to try them out before we go to bed tonight!! I plan on getting back in shape by walking on my treadmill 4 nights a week...baby steps!!

    Happy New Year!!
    Stacey White
    swhite@cfc.k12.wi.us

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  100. More walking - before, during and after class, along with more active brain breaks.

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  101. I love the ideas for getting the kids moving. They would be great for indoor recess.

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  102. This is fantastic!!! Love the videos too!

    Kelly

    kellymchaffie@hotmail.com

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  103. I use Adveture to Fitness with my kinders and they LOVE IT!!! My plan for weight loss this year is to try some Zumba classes & Yoga in my fitness routine. Thanks for sharing the links!!!

    Zuleyka
    zrivera36gmail.com

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  104. I plan to play more with my kids, walk daily, and dance more!

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  105. My firsties LOVE Mr. Mark!!!! I wish I could show some of the awesome videos you shared but my district blocks youtube on ALL computers :(

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  106. The other teachers and I will begin walking at lunchtime! We use a Leslie Sansone walking DVD and walk/tone for a mile. We are going to revolutionize ourselves in 2013!

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  107. The other teachers and I will begin walking at lunchtime! We use a Leslie Sansone walking DVD and walk/tone for a mile. We are going to revolutionize ourselves in 2013!

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  108. "Clean eating" and a daily walk. I desperately want to begin running without dying!
    Happy new year

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  109. Oh, what fun! That's my forever new year's resolution, getting more active and I love that you are involving your class too! I found a bunch of you tube kid's dance videos that my class loves to jump up and move to. I will be adding the ones you have shared! Thank you so much!
    Michelle Reinke

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  110. Thank you for sharing the links. My kiddos will love them! As for me...we have a mini gym in our house (and have kept it in great condition, if you know what I mean). My husband got motivated to get in there and use it the last 6 mos or so of 2012. By cutting out his sweet tea and exercising an hour a day he has lost 65 lbs. Sooo we have a little challenge this year who can reach their goal first AND maintain it for 2013. Competitions get me motivated. I'll start with changing my intake to more water. However between teaching kinders and a 3 year old and 18 month old, I stay pretty busy!!

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  111. I'm so impressed!! A 10K! My biggest goal is to exercise--and stick with it!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  112. OOH I'm totally going to google nike fuel now, thanks!

    Gracie
    www.livinglargeinfirst.blogspot.com

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  113. I am going to try to exercise by doing Just Dance with my 2 sons! I also got ZUMBA for XBOX!!!! Working full time with 2 little ones makes it hard to get to a gym!
    Thanks for the tip about the YouTube videos!
    kluxon@dist50.net

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