Tips For Keeping Your Kids Active From A Las Vegas Fitness Professional

February 16, 2013 5:00 AM

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Even in Las Vegas, the weather can get chilly and for children it is so much easier to stay indoors and play video games. But this can lead to boredom, over eating and developing a lifetime of bad habits. Las Vegas fitness experts weigh in and offer advice and tips on keeping children active along with having fun and changing their lifestyle for the better. Whether indoors or even during the Las Vegas mild winter, there are so many ways for kids to move and have fun at the same time.

desert gymcatsDesert Gymcats
950 S. Cimarron Road
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 798-3547

Programs include activities for babies starting from six months of age to toddlers and classes in gymnastics, cheer leading and dance for children of all ages. The facility is 13,000 square feet with an in-the-ground landing pit and in-the-ground full size trampoline. A fully mirrored dance studio is part of the facility including ballet barre equipment and measuring 45 feet by 24 feet. For younger gymnasts, all equipment used is geared for its age group so that the activity remains fun but safe at the same time.About Stacy Carrero

Carrero has a master of science degree in education and has owned and operated Gymcats in New York and Henderson and Desert Gymcats of Las Vegas since 1976. She has been a certified instructor for more than 32 years.

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ski and snowLas Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort
6725 Lee Canyon Road
Las Vegas, NV 89124
(702) 385-2754

The snow sports portion of the program specifically addresses the Nevada Department of Education’s health and physical education content standards. Snow Tots programs are offered for children ages 3.5 to five years of age and combine learning and snowy fun for kids. Snow Kids are designed for children ages six to 12 with a variety of classes and levels from first timers to experts. While snow is a rare occurrence for southern Nevada, this is a great opportunity for kids to learn skiing or snowboarding and enjoy the mountain with other children.About the Nevada Department of Education

The Surgeon General of the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Center for Chromic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport have issued a report about the need for daily physical activity by children. The Nevada Department of Education is taking an active role and issuing guidelines as well as partnering with resorts to encourage fitness for the children of the state of Nevada.

Shine Alternative Fitness
6415 S. Tenaya Way, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 420-2358

Dance remains to be a big part of socialization. Dance skills in salsa, ballet, contemporary and hip hop help children develop a love of movement as well as impress their classmates with their dance ability, maybe even inspiring others to join a dance team. Different styles will appeal to different children. Salsa incorporates side-by-side movements to a Latin beat and can express individually or include a partner. Hip hop is a popular choice for dance teams that includes stylized, precise, high-energy moves. Modern and contemporary dance features more freedom of expression and movement.

Yoga is very good for children as well. The discipline which originated in ancient India helps children to “develop their concentration and mindfulness, proper breathing, stress relief, socialization in a non-competitive atmosphere, increased awareness, improved posture and physical fitness and building of confidence.”

About Dima Shine

Dima Shine is a solo artist at Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Zumanity” in Las Vegas. Previous to “Zumanity,” Shine was a featured act in Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Banana Shpeel” that toured in the United States and Canada. Before his solo career, Shine was a world champion in acrobatic sports with over 30 gold medals in his professional sport career.

Red Rock
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
1000 Scenic Loop Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89161
(702) 515-5350

Activities should include a cardiovascular-based program that can be made fun for children. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the park system in southern Nevada. One park offering both hiking and biking is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area located 20 miles west of Las Vegas. There is a 13-mile scenic route for those who want to walk or bike to view the canyon. There are also 19 different hiking trails and paths offered that range from easy to strenuous. Along with hikes, programs are available to explore and learn about the wildlife and plant life within the canyon while walking, incorporating fun, activity and education.

About Iyan Breese

Iyan Bresse is the owner and operator of IB Training which specializes in cardiovascular training and endurance. Bresse is also the president of the nonprofit organization, ReNew Life, which offers training to obese adults that cannot afford to pay a trainer to get back in shape. Bresse is currently training high school students getting ready to compete.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on