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Dina Dinosaur’s Exercise Blog Series (#3)

It’s been a little while since we checked in with Dina and Wally about how their fitness routine is going! You may remember last time, Dina had to take a break so she became Wally’s fitness instructor. By the end of the work out, they decided it was time to get the rest of their friends in on the action!

Exercising with friends is a great motivator and a fun way to spend time with friends. In case you missed it last time, we shared an article showing how early intervention promoting effective parenting led to meaningful differences in obesity in preadolescence – check it out here!

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Felicity: Hey Dina! I want to be on the exercise team too. I can be just as strong as you and Wally!  I’m testing out the stationery bike first – this is fun!

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Molly: I want to join too! I ride my out door bike for good exercise. One of Dina’s rules is to wear a helmet and be safe. I can’t fly like Dina, but I’m pretty awesome on my bike!

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Wally: Okay – I’ve been at this for 10 minutes already today – Have I lost any weight yet?

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Dina: Wally, it doesn’t happen with just one day of exercising! You have to keep at it, one day at a time, to get results. Stay calm – you are getting stronger!

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Wally: Look at us – we are a team working together! We are going to be strong enough to help lots of others learn how to be friendly, solve problems, stay healthy, and follow rules!

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Dina: Wally, you look a bit worn out! That’s okay – it takes work. We can do it!

We hope you have enjoyed our fitness series! Maybe Dina and Wally will chime in again in a few months to let us know more about their progress. As always, feel free to share this post with your friends and colleagues, and of course any parents, children, or teachers in your groups! Don’t forget, we are always looking for guest bloggers to share their experiences with the Incredible Years® program! If you are interested, e-mail: alysonb@incredibleyears.com

Have a good weekend!

~Dina, Wally, and The Incredible Years Team

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Dina Dinosaur’s Exercise Blog Series (#2)

Hello friends!

Dina needed a little rest from her fitness regimen so she has enlisted her friend Wally to help her out this week!

Before we get started, let’s take a more serious moment to highlight a study (published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics) which relates to this fitness series. The study examined youth at high risk for obesity based on income, minority status, and child behavior problems. Results showed that early intervention promoting effective parenting led to meaningful differences in obesity in preadolescence. Read the article here!

Back to Dina and her friends…

Dina is very tired and sore from all of the exercising she did last week, so she has decided to take today off and instead play “personal trainer” for Wally.

Wally: Hey, Dina, I think I need some help! My mom read some research and she says if I want to be healthy, I should exercise and eat my fruits and vegetables. So I think to start, I will work on lifting some weights.

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I’m not sure if I am doing this right. I think I’ll switch to the treadmill and work on my leg muscles!

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Okay, now I think I have a problem. I don’t think I am big enough to do this! Yikes… CAN I do this?!

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I am definitely not tall enough for the treadmill!

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Dina is telling me to hang on and keep trying, because she needs an exercise buddy. I guess I’ll try another solution!

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Finally I have found a machine that I think will work for me – rowing! I’m learning there are many different ways to exercise, and the important thing is finding what works for you and your body.

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Whew. Rowing is work too! Even though I found something that works for me, Dina says it will still take work and persistence. I’ll do a few more, and next week I’ll invite all of our other friends to join too!

 

Thanks for tuning in!

~Dina, Wally, and the Incredible Years team