Monday, November 16, 2009

Exploramania Gymathtics (Review)


Gymathtics is a fun fitness learning experience that kids will enjoy, and most likely they will want to do it again and again.  The exercise program is great for kids of all ages.  The math facts are geared towards 2nd to 5th grade levels.

Included in the DVD are:

  • Shape Stretches Warm Up - Stretch your mind and body with line, circle and polygon stretches.

  • Counting Calisthenics - Aerobic movements work your heart as fun counting concepts work your brain.

  • Pattern Power - Growing and repeating patter exercise combinations challenge minds and strengthen muscles.

  • Well Being Wind Down - Relaxing stretches cook down the boy and open the mind to think about healthy lifestyle choices including the "Nice Wave Stretch" and the "Big Dream Stretch"

Olivia (6) and Lindsey (4) were really excited about getting this DVD.  I mean, seriously ,they get to watch tv during  school!   The program boasts that it is the "Ultimate Brain and Body workout teaching math and healthy lifestyle concepts during a complete 30-minute exercise routine."   I'd say that claim is a bit of a stretch, no pun intended.   The stretching, calisthenics and other exercises were fun and the girls enjoyed doing (or attempting to do) the workout.  

Quite honestly, if you're trying to keep up with the exercise routine, its hard to pay attention to the congruent circles and various other diagrams that are displayed during the exercise time.  Again, my kids are only 6 and 4, so older kids may more easily multitask while exercising.  However, the new mantra around here is "we're growing strong and healthy", which they DID pick up from the DVD.  The girls have become more aware of the fact that being healthy is a choice and a good one!

When the weather is bad (rainy, snowy, too hot or too cold) this will be used to replace out daily walks.  I actually did the video along with the girls a couple of times (but you have to watch that little one when she's doing windmills, she'll whack you!).

The Exploracise GyMathtics DVD sells for $24.99 and you can get your copy by going to the Exploramania site.  There is also a GyMathtics 2.0 that moves up to the algebra level and to a more intense exercise level. 

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Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.

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