About the Book
New York Times bestselling author Missy Chase Lapine who inspired legions of parents to “sneak” good food into their children’s meals with The Sneaky Chef series, has now extended her concept of “sneakiness” beyond the kitchen. The Sneaky Chef® has teamed up with fitness expert Larysa DiDio to provide parents with “Sneaky Strategies” for fitting in more exercise and calorie-burning activities into their child’s daily routine with SNEAKY FITNESSTM: Fun Foolproof Ways to Slip Fitness into Your Child’s Everyday Life (Running Press; January 2010; $19.95).
Harness kids’ “fidget factor” – We want them to fidget! Plant items in TV room like a hippety hop, mini trampoline or hula hoop–they’ll naturally jump, bounce and move while watching (studies show fidgeting can burn up to 350 more calories per day than being stationary).
Leave a stopwatch around and time them doing all their normal activities guaranteeing that they’ll move a lot faster than normal and burn way more calories!
Make it a rule that your tween must be up and moving while they’retalking on the phone-allowing them to burn 3x calories than sitting.
- “Dig to China”: Burn 68 calories in 30 minutes by digging and filling a pail with dirt, snow or sand-this activity more than triples the amount of calories kids burn oppose to sitting in front of a TV or computer.
- “Set Up Shop”: Perfect for rainy days, this activity will have kids burning 48 calories in 30 minutes by creating their own grocery store using the cans and boxes in your pantry. They can bag the groceries and help carry them to the “car”. After they’re finished they return the items back to the pantry.
My Take On The Book
I had been given a copy of the Sneaky Chef by a family member in the recent past and we have tried a few recipes from this and they do work. When I heard and was given the opportunity to see this new book, I knew that it had to be good.
I have two girls that are quite active, but know many kids who do have an aversion to getting outside or getting fit (if you call it fitness).
This book truly looks at fitness through a different lens and allows you as a parent to find ways to hide the fact that you are having the kids get fit (even though you are).
I also liked the fact that the book had another 50 recipes that were not int he original cookbook.
So if you are looking for ways to get your kids to think of fitness as fun and in fact are asking for these activities, look no further than this book and the activities within, you will be pleasantly surprised.