Healthy eating is seen by many as hard to start and impossible to maintain for a long time. Many diets claim to work to have their users yo-yo-ing back and forth in weight. In a related way, there are those that workout every day of the weed without results but can't get on track with their diet.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. It's important to find a way of eating healthy that works for you. Dieting will never work in the long term and can result in overall weight gain. Rather than make yourself suffer, work slowly to implement healthy changes in your life just as you would with working out or adding a hobby into your day.
One: Drink Water Only
The best way to start your healthy eating style is to stop drinking anything but water — no more soda, tea, milk, or sports drinks when you're out or at home. Even when working out, water is all you need. The sugar in those other drinks can harm your efforts.
Also, work to minimize your consumption of alcohol of any kind. Alcohol turns into sugar in the body, which means that over-consumption can be bad for your health and weight overall. Coffee isn't as bad as the rest, but should only still drink in moderation. As a rule of thumb, drink only water and drink when you are thirsty!
Two: Reduce Snacking
If you think your meals are healthy, then there is a chance that your issue stems from snacking. Work to eat your meals at designated times to ensure you aren't eating too much throughout the day. If you do need to get a snack, try to stick to one snack a day in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.
You should stick to healthy things like fruits and vegetables or nuts for your snack. Avoid things like chips or candy as many can dig into during hungry sessions during the day. Reducing how many times you snack during the day and ensuring that your snacks are nutritious and small can help you to curb the calories you are taking in during the day.
Three: Leave Something on the Plate
When you are eating out, you should not be eating everything on the plate. American portions served in restaurants can be as many as two or three servings. With big plates, try cutting it in half at the beginning of the meal and saving the second half for dinner the next night. With smaller plates, always leave a bit or two on the plate at the end.
More often than not, you'll realize that you ate enough and that extra bite would have been too much. If you can, try ordering lunch sized portions for your meals. These are often closer to the right portion for eating no matter what time of day. Finally, don't be afraid of a healthy menu. Trying something new that's better for you might help you find out how good healthy food can taste.
Four: Skip Dessert
If you like dessert, then you're not alone. However, you should work to reduce how many times you "treat yourself" a week. By cutting a few desserts off the table, you will be eating far less sugar and fat, making working out easier and allowing you to savor when you do get that treat once or twice a week.
Five: Add in Vegetables and Fruits
Now that you're drinking only water snacking less, eating better while out, and eating dessert less, it's time for the bigger change. When cooking a meal, it's easy to forget the healthier parts. However, to make a big change, all you need to do is add in one fruit for breakfast and one vegetable for lunch and dinner.
In the beginning, you don't even need to make the meals any different, just cook some green peas or corn to add in on the side. It's all about the smaller changes to make bigger differences in your life. If you have a breakfast burrito, try adding an orange or apple on the side to finish off the meal. You can work on making meals healthier later.
Eating right and getting into shape doesn't have to be hard. Making simple changes can make a big difference in your life and the life of those that you cook for. Much similar, working out and being more active doesn't' have to be hard. Bodies in Motion will help you take those smaller steps to larger success. Contact us today if you're interested in coming to a class.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your child active and entertained on a rainy day, you might run into some issues. One great option is to create an indoor obstacle course. Today, we’re going to walk through some steps on how to get that accomplished in a safe and still fun manner.
Step One: Gather Supplies
The first step to getting an indoor obstacle course set up is getting everything you will need. The sky’s the limit when it comes to things that you can use to create your obstacle course. Objects like toilet paper rolls, bouncy balls, kitchen spoons, or tongs can be used for dexterity challenges. Flash cards, alphabet magnets, coins, dice, and pinners from board games are great for bringing in learning to the race. Finally, string, boxes, pillows, and chairs are great for bringing physical fitness into your obstacle course.
If you still need ideas, think about all the things that your child likes to do. Twister can be made into a station, a bed can be something to crawl under, and a cat can be something that has to be tiptoed past. It doesn’t just have to be objects or toys, bring in people, and furniture to the game too.
Step Two: Map Out a Course
Once you have the toys, objects, people, and furniture that will make up the game, think about where the game can take place. Do you have a simple path through the house that will allow you to go from start to finish at the same point, or will this be a point to point race through every room of the house?
Keep in mind that this will be something your kid will get excited about. Avoid any spaces where fragile items may lie. This will keep your obstacle course from taking on a dangerous path on accident.
Step Three: Create Obstacles
With the layout of items in mind, you can not get to work on the actual course. It’s a great idea to mix movement activities with mental activities. For instance, take a string and make a laser course right after allowing the child to do addition with dice. Mixing things up will allow them to have fun with all parts of their mind and body without things getting too boring.
Think about things that they can jump across, crawl under, dodge, and more. Use soft objects so that your child can have fun in the house in a safe manner, not only for their body but for the home as well.
Step Four: Choose Ways to Get Between Obstacles
Unless you have enough things so that they can go from one thing right to the next, you will have space for them to go from one thing to the next. Here, it’s important to think about how they will get there. If you let them, they will run.
However, if you don’t want them running through the house, then you should think about creative ways for them to get there. Use a game spinner to “let them decide” or post signs between each obstacle with things like bear crawl, skip, lunge, hop, backward walk, or slow motion to make things fun.
Step Five: Choose the Prizes
With the course laid out and ready to go, it’s time to think about what the kid will win at the end of the course. If you have more than one child, make sure you have prizes for them. Try making the first prize of extra time on the TV, the second prize of no dish duty time, and the third prize of no dog walking if you need somewhere to start.
After you have the prized that your children will obtain, it’s time to get the show on the road. Get some music and have a camera ready. It’s important to make your kids feel like you are involved so that they get the attention that they want on this indoor day.
As a bonus, get a timer and let your kid know how they did at the end. If you want extra time with this activity, tell them to try to beat their time and see them improve and stay happy until they can go back out.
Bodies in Motion might have started with one class, but that's no more. Bodies in Motion is now a full suite of over 15 offerings from open play and preschool to ace throwing and team building. We have a goal, to get Bodies in Motion!
Today, we're going into the fitness classes offered by Bodies in Motion. These classes are a great way to get into the health and fitness world in a controlled setting with others just like yourself. They can help you find a new passion or try out a new sport. We welcome every level and many different ages. Let's get started!
Our first offering is the Fitness Challenge. Our fitness program is about changing lives (and rear ends) so that thousands of people can live a happier and healthier life in Biose, Idaho. Unlike some of our other fitness classes, this class has a start date set for all newcomers so you'll have to stay tuned to ensure that you don't get left out.
Our most recent start date was May 1st for the "Earn our Burger Challenge." Why a burger? Eating a salad at a BBQ during the summer is boring. We want you to earn that burger and stay in shape through a twelve-week body shaping challenge.
Think of this class like group personal training. You'll get a way more affordable way to get in shape but still the same quality of training. Learn about body composition, obtain nutritional guidance, stay on track with check-ins, and workout to kickboxing cardio and boot camp style classes that will maximize results.
Related to the Fitness Challenge is our Kickboxing classes. This is one of the largest calorie burning, fat melting workouts of the planet. Through this workout, you can expect to ignite your body and watch yourself obtain a new physical fitness level you never thought you could before.
Our classes are cardio kickboxing where you can even use your MyZone app with our MyZone enabled facility for no extra charge. While punching your 6' tall 270 lb punching bag with 14 oz gloves to the beat of the music, track your heart rate, zone, and calorie expenditure in real time!
You don't have to be in a certain shape to get started, and we keep our classes from 5 to 15 people so that you can get the personal time with a trainer to get you on the right track. If you join to get into shape for the first time in a while, you join 70% of the students that first join our classes so you know you'll never be alone!
We call our boot camp classes the Spartan Group Exercise or SGX for short. We had an original goal of creating this class so that our athletes could take part in the Spartan Races; however, over time, it became a popular way to get in shape for non-athletes as well.
In our boot camp, you can expect three phases to ensure the best total body conditioning possible. Each phase is a month long and stimulates the mind as well as the body. In phase one, you will work on core development, while in phase two, you will work on strength and stamina. Finally, in phase three, you will work on power to round off the whole system.
Unlike our fitness challenge, you can join these classes at any time. Check the page to see if the classes we offer will work for you. If so, get in contact with us to see when you can schedule your first class and get working.
People that want to get in shape are often looking to build core strength, joint mobility, flexibility, power, and cardio. The process also results in fat loss and muscle gain but doesn't have to be running and gym time alone! Our Obstacle Fit class is a way to train to get into the best shape of your life or improve your ability to run courses like the American Ninja Warrior, Spartan Race, or Tough Mudder. Check out the page to see if any of the classes work for you and sign up to attend today!
Getting in shape doesn't have to be boring or monotonous. We offer exciting fitness classes meant to improve your shape and engage your mind. Which have you tried or which do you plan to go to?
Sending your child to elementary school can seem like a daunting task. It’s important to think about what your child will be learning, the environment they will be in, where the school is, and the cost should you choose a private school over a public school.
With so many things to think about, it’s no surprise that this task quickly becomes a complicated ordeal. However, today, we’ve taken time to gather the top five elementary schools in the Boise area based on their academics, teachers, diversity, and overall grade as given by Niche.
5. Adams Elementary School
Adams Elementary School is number five for the best elementary schools in Boise as well as the number 9 best school in all of Idaho. As such, it brings a great start to this list. With an overall Niche grade of A, this school boasts grade K-6 along with a gifted program and pre-k. A in academics is easily seen with 63% of their students being proficient in math and 70% in reading.
Additionally, the school has 356 students and a student to teacher ratio of 22 to 1, giving it an A+. Combined with the B- in diversity, you can rest assured that your child will be getting the attention and friendship they need and deserve.
4. Anser Charter School
Anser could be your answer for not only elementary school, but for middle school as well. This public charter school has an overall grade of A and classes for everyone from kindergarten to 8th. As the fourth best elementary school in Boise, they also rank as the 2nd best middle school in Idaho.
Anser offers a student to teacher ratio of 18 to 1 and maintains an A+ teacher rating, an A in academics and a B in diversity with test scores 58% for math and 68% for reading. Additionally, this school also ranks as the school with the best public middle school teachers in Idaho out of 162 and as number two in the best charter elementary schools in Idaho out of 36.
3. Roosevelt Elementary School
Coming in at number three for the best schools in Boise, Idaho is Roosevelt with an overall grade of A. Also ranked as number six in the best public elementary schools for the state of Idaho, they’re a great place to start your child off right. As a public school, they offer a gifted program for grades pre-k to 6th grade.
The state test scores back up the A they have in academics and the A+ they have for teachers by showing they have 82% fluency in both math and reading. This great score might be the result of the excellent 18 to 1 teacher and student ratio.
2. Highlands Elementary School
Highlands Elementary School is a great place to send children to get their start in life. As the number three public elementary school in all of the state, it features grades PK-6 with a gifted program as well.
They have an A in academics as well as an A+ for their teachers. With test scores of 72% in math and 82% in reading, their 18 to 1 ratio is proving that with the right help and attention, elementary students can thrive.
1. Longfellow Elementary School
If you can send your child to this prestigious public school, you will not only be sending your child to the number one school in Boise but in the whole state as well. Their overall A rating gives way to a gifted program for PK-6 as well as a class ratio of 19-1 and math and reading scores of 67% and 775 respectively.
Their teacher retention remains high, with only 5.9% of their teachers being in their first or second year. Also, diversity is high, with a B+ within the 353 total students. Though the cost of living in this area can be high, the housing here is great, and it’s a great area for families with young children.
We hope this guide has given you a place to start. How did you choose where to send your child? Did you go with what district you were in, or did you start to look around?
Parent’s Night Out is a service that Bodies in Motion, and many other companies, provide to parents usually on Friday nights once or a few times a month. It allows the parents to have a night out, away from their child so they can run errands, go on a date, or take a nap.
However, after talking with some parents that have participated in a Parent’s Night Out, we realized that some have no idea what to do with their free time. After spending so long with growing kids, it can be hard to find something to do out of the blue without them.
That’s why we’ve gathered the five best things we’ve heard our parents talk about doing during their Parent’s Night Out. Perhaps these will give you an idea of how you can spend your night, or maybe you want to try one of them. Either way, Parent’s Night Out is perfect for giving you at least one night to relax in whatever way you prefer ... as long as you can pick your child up at the end of course.
As a parent, sleep might be the most fun you’ve ever had with free time. We know that feeling and don’t judge. Many of our parents have no urge to go out and have fun at the end of the week. Some relish the idea of just having a few hours to go home and rest.
To up the ante, we recommend making it into a self-care night full of facemasks, bubble baths, incense, and maybe even a massage before your nap. Not only will you feel refreshed, but you’ll also be clean and uninterrupted during your relaxing soak for what might be the first time in a while.
Parents of young children can’t leave them at home to do anything. That includes shopping, whether at the mall or the grocery store. Many of our parents are experienced in using the Parent’s Night Out time to go into Boise and obtain what they need from the store.
Sometimes that’s a trip to the mall for a new outfit, while other times it’s a trip to the grocery store to get the essentials. We suggest creating a list before you bring your child to us to get the most use of your time. We know you’ll find shopping sans child more relaxing and you might even walk away with less spent.
Working out can be hard with children. For those that love working out, we understand just how irritating it can be never to have time for a proper workout. WIth Parent’s Night Out, you’ll have time to exercise and even get some additional tasks taken care of. If you’re looking to get in shape and aren’t sure where to start, we recommend trying classes or just going on a fast walk. Walking is the best start to a healthy lifestyle.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest a date for your free night. Karaoke might seem “old fashion” or “lame,” but we say go for it! Doing something that makes you look and feel silly with the person you love can create a stronger bond than simply going to the movies and sitting next to each other (not that we have anything against movies either.)
New to Boise? Perfect! It’s time to take a look around this wonderful town. Been here a while? Time to pretend to be a tourist for the night. Sightseeing, even if you’ve lived somewhere a while, can help you reconnect to your home.
We suggest going on a self-made walking tour by searching “Things to do in Boise” on Google. They’ll provide you with a list of things that tourists often do for free, giving you many choices in planning your night. For extra fun, wear your best tourist outfit.
When was the last time that you went on a date? Most people hear the word "date" and think about a boyfriend and girlfriend going to the movies, out for dinner, or staying home for "Netflix and chill." However, dates aren't only for the unmarried and young.
Today we're giving Boise residents a new idea. It's time to take your significant other on a date night for some ax throwing. Ax throwing, at Bodies in Motion, of course, is the perfect way to spark change in your relationship, get to know each other better, and try something new without fear. Who knows, you might even find you're the next ax throwing champion!
The Case for Dates
When you first met your significant other, you had to go on dates to get to know one another. Many times the dating period stops once you meet that special someone and the fun and excitement is now scarce and few. In that case, you wouldn't be alone. Many long term couples don't take planned time for dates. Before we can get into why our ax throwing is so helpful, we need to talk about why dating, even after commitment, is vital.
Dates are great for commited couples to reconnect again. If you and your significant other have been working relentlessly, you might have had very little time to sit down and talk to each other like old times. Scheduling a date will give you that time and allow you to relax. Dates are also great ways to try something new together.
If you've been feeling like everything is getting just a little too routine, then a date to somewhere new, or involving something you've never tried before, could be just what you need to make life a little bit more fun. Who wants to go to the bowling alley for the 1000th time when you could try rock climbing or ax throwing together? Who knows, you might find that you both have a new passion or hobby!
Why Ax Throwing is the Perfect Date
When it comes to date ideas, a common list is a dinner, movies, bowling, hiking, or shopping. Maybe you threw in Top Golf or a shooting range to your list. However, Ax throwing rarely tops or even makes it onto a date idea list.
Due to that, you can bet that your planned date will be something he (or she) never expects. Not only will that get you points, but it allows for both of you to try your hand at something completely new and unexpected.
Additionally, at Bodies in Motion, ax throwing isn't just about throwing axes, though that may be the bulk of it, it's also about having fun and having a conversation. Unlike the movies, ax throwing allows you to talk to one another. The more, the merrier as our lanes allow for conversations between the whole group or just the couple.
Lastly, if your still not convinced to take date night to an ax-throwing studio, then we have one last thing to tell you, think about more exciting or fun date night options. Many people would start to limit their options to where drinks are available. However, one might not want to drink on a weeknight.
That's why we suggest ax throwing as not only the perfect date but the perfect date for a weekday as well! Without drinking, you will have the time of your life learning something new, talking with others, getting to know one another, and in general having fun. No more waiting for the weekend to enjoy a night out, come to Bodies in Motion for an ax-throwing date today! Of course, you could go somewhere else, but you are on the Bodies in Motion blog after all.
Team building is vital to the long-term success of a business. Many times these sessions are done in classes that offer lessons and activities. However, some companies don’t have the money for that. Doing teamwork sessions at work can reduce the cost and increase the reward in ways that after work sessions can not.
Think About the Goal
When you are looking to have a teambuilding session, you should first think about your goal for the session. This could be something broad for the whole company or specific to one division. The goal should be SMART. In other words, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. A few examples of general teambuilding goals are listed for inspiration.
Develop the List of Attendees
Once you have your goal, you will need to determine who will attend. If you’re focusing on improving communications among your marketing teams, your list should be the market team. On the other hand, if you’re working on improving relationships among executives, then the list should be all the executives.
Creating a complete list of who will be attending will help with planning all the different aspects of the event including coordination and what will be done. Make sure to note of those people’s schedule and any limitations that they may have.
Create the Plan
Once you have the plan for who will be attending and what the goal is, you need to create the plan for what they will be doing. Think about what their interests, struggles, and strong points are. Following is a list of what you could do at your team building workshop and what it helps with.
Create the Schedule
Once you have your activities together, next, you’ll need to make the game plan. This is the calendar that you will follow that day. Make sure you’re planning based on when people will be there and what makes the most sense in terms of the order.
You’ll want to make lively tasks interspersed with the boring tasks to make sure people are staying interested. Don’t forget to leave time for breaks and food if you aren’t making food into an activity.
Send the Plan
This final step is optional. If you know that the team will all be there, then you do have the option to surprise them with a teambuilding day. In its way, that will teach them to go with the flow and expect the unexpected. However, if you opt to let them know about their training day, then don’t forget to tell them to bring anything they might need and that they all need to be present on that day.
If your child loves obstacle courses, they might enjoy watching the American Ninja Warrior, on TV. That show has turned many playgrounds, living rooms, and back yards into obstacle courses to be overcome.
Trees with ropes are now the Rope Swing.
Couches and recliners are the Sonic Curve.
While you may worry about the health of your home furniture, the American Ninja Warrior is perfect for teaching your children life skills. Watching it at night will get them enthused to try new physical activities that challenge them while taking a class will allow them to focus that energy safely. Today, we’re going to go over just how this class can help your children.
1. Fitness Becomes Fun
Finding ways for your children to be active can be challenging. However, the American Ninja Warrior took care of much of that work for parents. Children are inspired to do better and work harder through unique stories told throughout the show. Many of the competitors were sitting at home when they thought, “I can do that too.”
If your kid likes watching the show, allow them to hear those stories then ask if they want to try it too. The classes will show them that fitness can be fun rather than boring as they might think. Since kids love to mimic what they see on TV, this show gives them a way to do it safely by encouraging safe fitness.
2. Teamwork is More Than Working Together
During the day, children learn all about the importance of working together. However, it can be harder to teach them the less visible parts of teamwork. This show is the perfect way to explain that. Through the American Ninja Warrior, they will see how important it is to show sportsmanship and appreciation to other competitors and team members.
Each of the competitors in the show, have worked hard to get where they are. Likewise, children in their class will have worked just as hard to make it to where they are. Training in a fitness class such as this will show them the importance of working as a team both literally and through encouragement and appreciation of others.
3. There is No Such Thing as Failure
In life, it can be hard to bounce back from failure. As with most things, this fact is even more pronounced in children. Losing a match or game can be hard and often will lead to a tantrum. However, with an American Ninja Warrior class, failure doesn’t exist.
Through these classes, they will learn to solve puzzles and grow stronger. There is no such thing as loosing. Rather, they will begin to look at fitness as a game of improvement. They will begin to say, “what can I do differently next time.”
4. True Success Takes Time
Though there is no such thing as loosing, the true success of a course or obstacle will take time. In the show, the competitors have put themselves through hours of training and practice. Your child will quickly learn what it means to be decided to something that they love. Over time, they will see themselves improve and at the end of a course, they will be proud to see how far they have come.
5. Anyone Can Do It
The American Ninja Warrior has shown children and adults alike never to give up. From competitors missing limbs to having painful and oftentimes debilitating diseases, this show has done a great job of letting the world see how powerful anyone can be.
Sending your child to a ninja warrior class can reinforce how important not giving up is. If your child has a mobility or mental issue, this class can allow them to see how they can overcome their issue by thinking differently and pushing themselves further.
Overall, both the show and the ninja warrior class are great for children’s minds. They can see fitness as something fun while learning valuable skills they will need as they grow into adults. If your child has shown interest, think about taking them to an open gym night at Bodies in Motion to see if it’s something they could get into full time. If you think they’re ready, sign up to let, them start a new adventure in skill and fitness.
Mother’s day is in just a few days. Though many will have their plans set, some will be looking for something to do. In many cases, people will have ideas for dinner but will lack things that they can do during the day. That’s why today we’ve come up with ideas about things that you can do with your mothers this Mother’s Day.
As usual, Bodies in Motion is all about being active. That’s why this list of ten things to do on Mother’s Day is all about getting your family moving. If you have ideas, don’t feel shy about leaving them in the comments. You never know who could need a little more inspiration!
1. Take a Weekend Getaway
Though it might seem like it’s a little late to plan a vacation, you might be surprised! Check Airbnb listings in cities that you love (and are within driving distance) to see what you could do for a night somewhere new. You’ll be able to explore a new city, eat new foods, and get out of the house for a short weekend getaway with the family!
2. Family Yoga
If you’re looking to try something new, then try taking a family yoga class. You can find yoga classes all around major cities and often times. You can find specialty classes for beginners or groups. This family sized version of Mommy & Me will give you a bit of exercise as well as new memories to last a lifetime.
3. Go Outside
No matter if you like hiking, camping, or glamping going outside is the perfect way to connect with your family and mother. Taking a weekend away from technology will allow you to bond as a group and talk about all the fun you’ve had together over the years. Don’t forget to pack your favorite campsite treats so that you can have a treat for all your activity for the day.
4. Host a Dance Party
If you have a Wii, PlayStation, or Xbox, you can host a dance part using games like Just Dance. Another option is to use Youtube and look at options like the FItness Marshal. Lastly, just play music! In the end, you’re looking to burn some calories and have fun with your family. Let the younger generation teach the older generation, “how it’s done now,” and the other way around!
5. Garden Together
If your mom is into gardening, then get the family together to get out and garden with her. This will allow for the whole family to take part in something that the mother enjoys while also getting some activity in during the day! Don’t forget to bring her something new she can add to her garden to commemorate this event!
6. Have a Massage
Whether you go with the whole family, as a couple, or with a Mommy & Me package, booking a message is as good for your body as a whole workout. It’s a great way to relieve stress and flush toxins from your body. Try a hot massage followed by a good swim to get the whole effect this cleansing idea can bring.
7. Go to a Concert
If you like the dancing idea, why not take it a step further? Pick a concert that your mother would love and get spots in the lawn. Use these spots to dance and sing like no one is watching. After all, who are you if you can’t have fun with your mom every once in a while?
8. Plan a Picnic
If you live near a park or want to drive to one, then going to a picnic can be a great way to get out of the house and have some fun. Make sure to pack your frisbee so that you can have fun in the park before or after you eat. Other options include biking to the park or even going on a run while you are there!
9. Set up a Scavenger Hunt
If your mom likes surprises, try setting up a mother’s day scavenger hunt. You can add in memories to make this a scavenger hunt to remember. Let the kids take part in its creation so that they feel connected to the celebration!
10. Help Her Explore a Passion Project
If your mother has been talking about photography, then help her get into it. Get a cheaper digital camera and take her around town to find the best spots for photos. On the other hand, if she wants to learn to cook, take her to a cooking class. Though this could end up being less active than some of the other ideas, helping her with something she loves will be sure to make her happy.
An open play gym is a place where your child can go and play in a safe place with slides, ball pits, foam pots, trampolines, or other "gym" style pieces of equipment. Our open play area is filled with slides, obstacle courses, and other creative toys. These parent-supervised indoor play areas are bright, colorful, and clean. Most importantly, they allow your child to explore and learn with other children.
Our open play is available to children from one year and up. Unlike other gyms, our position as a fitness center with many classes has lead us to create an open gym them offers more than just the traditional play mats and ball pits. Children also have the availability to try a ninja warrior course, have a free disco, or create art while at the open gym.
What Does a Child Get from Open Play Time?
When a child is taken to an open gym, they can learn and play in a safe area that other children will be playing in. This results in increased socialization, growth of physical and cognitive skills, and positive interactions.
As your child gets older, they can learn more complex ideas. Older children at our open gym will learn perseverance, problem-solving, and positivity through interactions with our giant lego set and obstacle courses.
How is Open Play Different Than a PlayGround?
In an open play gym, you are in a clean environment that has specifically designed toys, all of which are working. On the other hand, a playground is a place where you can let your child run free on pay sets outside and in the sun. Looking at both of those statements, you can see that they each have their benefits. However, when looking at differences that would make open play important, there are a few things that stand out.
Cleanliness - Though children don't need to be protected from germs at all times, the cleanliness of open gyms is great for allowing play without having to deal with dirty clothes or sickness.
All Weather - In an open gym, you will be able to play rain or shine. Though playgrounds are a great place for activity, they are limited by the weather in the area.
More Activities - While a playground can't have removable parts, an open gym can. Having large legos, art stations, and building blocks allows for new types of play not available on a playground.
Safety - Depending on what you have access to, you might find an open play facility to be much safer than the playground that your children could use. Also, open play areas will often have workers that are trained as well as first aid kits should something happen.
That's not to say that open play areas are better overall. We believe that children should get out whenever they can. Open play is just one addition to your arsenal!
What Tips the Scale?
When you go to a playground, you are going to sit a watch a child play for however long you are there. On the other hand, our open play sessions allow your child to play while you work out at a fitness class. This allows for both you and your children to get exercise, socialization, and a new challenge.
Overall, children require activity and socialization. Open play areas are vital additions to a child's life as they allow for additional outlets of creativity and energy. They will be able to learn about leadership, problem-solving, determination, and positivity through interacting with their surroundings and the people in them.