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Celebrity Fitness Trainer Valerie Waters Offers On-the-Go Families Back-to-Basics Tips
Date:9/2/2009

e this back-to-school season - and all year long:

Redefine play time. Fitness is fun when it's a family affair and when you think outside of the box. There are no rules about what fitness should look like; in fact, some of the best workouts are gained through the games we played as a child. Try activities like going to the park and playing tag. When you run, stop and start, it's great exercise for your muscles and coordination. Also try going to the beach to play Frisbee or taking a family bike ride after dinner. Fitness doesn't have to be formal and everyone benefits from moving and being together.

Plan, prepare and pack. Don't let piano lessons and soccer practice derail healthy eating. Have a plan in place. Set aside time on a Sunday evening to pack your refrigerator and pantry with items like pre-cut veggies, pre-packaged California Raisins, cubed cheese, and hard-boiled eggs to quickly prepare grab-and-go lunches and snacks. Also, think double-duty. When it comes to cooking items such as chicken, prepare enough to slice and serve in a sandwich, salad or in a wrap for lunches. Also try cooking a few extra servings with every meal to serve throughout the week to avoid grabbing take-out when under a time crunch.

Play with your food. There's no better way to introduce new fruits and veggies into your child's lunch box than a fun trip to your local farmer's market or involving them in your next grocery store visit. Allow children to sample and select the fruits or veggies you will prepare for dinner and pack in their school lunches. On average, it takes eight to 12 tries for a child to accept new foods so making them a part of the decision process will increase their chances of trying new things and developing healthier eating habits.

Take a coffee table break. Demanding school schedules often force fitness regimes to the way
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