Sneaky Fitness Frequently Asked Questions

DO SMALL AMOUNTS OF MOVEMENT DURING THE DAY REALLY ADD UP? 
More than ever! Sneaky Fitness is founded on the same philosophy that made The Sneaky Chef a best seller: that small changes add up to big results. After surveying the most current scientific research, a recent TiME Magazine cover story concluded: 

"...Kids who regularly move in short bursts running to catch a ball, racing up and down the stairs to collect toys, are just as healthy as kids who participate in sports that require vigorous, sustained exercise." –John Cloud, TiME Magazine Cover Story, August 9th, 2009, regarding a study by the University of Exeter, UK. 

WHAT AGE GROUPS DOES SNEAKY FITNESS TARGET? 
Preschool thru teenagers. For example, a preschooler's large muscle control is more developed than their small muscle control. They run, jump and balance with confidence, but activities involving fine detail will frustrate them. And because preschoolers have a short attention span, it's best to go from activity to activity, for as many times as your child is willing, and for as long as you can keep up with them! 

But gradeschoolers are also becoming more competitive and are always eager to test their strength and skill, measuring themselves against you, siblings and classmates. All of which adds up to a group of fun and enthusiastic kids! 

HOW MUCH TIME IS IT GOING TO TAKE?
The Sneaky Fitness team has made our program easy to use. It's not an all or nothing thing, even 10 minutes of exercise makes a difference, says Larysa. Just open the book to any page, lace up their sneakers, and start the fun!

ARE YOU SAYING THAT FREQUENT LOW LEVEL EXERCISE IS BETTER THAN INTENSE SPORTS?
The old adage of the tortoise and hare is as true now as ever: slow and steady wins the race! Study after study shows that kids who move regularly in small amounts throughout the day are just as healthy as kids who sprint around on the soccer field for two hours a day, and they have less injuries.

"Frequent low-level physical activity may actually work better for us than occasional bouts of exercise." –John Cloud, TiME Magazine, August 9, 2009

CAN FREQUENT LOW-LEVEL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HELP KIDS LOSE WEIGHT? 
Long before there were gyms and soccer teams, kids kept fit and trim by just by playing and doing their daily chores. Weight issues were few and far between. Sneaky Fitness gets kids moving again by turning routine daily tasks into opportunities for fun and play. Kids love it, and they get the benefit of movement at the same time, without the need to invest in sporting equipment! 

"...To burn calories, the muscle movements don't have to be extreme. It would be better to distribute the movements throughout the day." –Hans Rudolf Berthoud, Neurobiologist, LSU, 20 year Biomedical Researcher 

IF THEY DON'T KNOW THEY'RE EXERCISING, HOW DO WE TEACH THEM TO MAKE IT A HABIT?
They may not know they're working out but your kids will know how good it feels to play a running game outside with friends, to be able to carry a big box of blocks, or to be flexible enough to reach for a favorite t-shirt on a high shelf. Just because you're not letting them in on the secret doesn't mean they're being let off the hook! And because you know they're burning the calories and flexing the muscles they need to, you can take the time to talk to your kids about the benefits of exercise without nagging, or making it feel like just another should in their life.

WHAT MAKES SNEAKY FITNESS BETTER THAN OTHER EXERCISE BOOKS ON THE MARKET?
Sneaky Fitness turns your home into your kids' gym! Everyday activities from your to-do list can add up to great health benefits for your kids when you present them in fun and exciting ways. In fact, they'll burn as many calories helping you do simple household tasks, like carrying groceries or picking up their socks, as they would going for a brisk walk. It all adds up to more than an hour a day of additional activity that they don't get anywhere else.


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