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10 Steps to Your FIT - Fit Inspired Transformation by Kim Dolan Leto

Faith and Fitness {Book Review – 10 Steps to Your F.I.T. – Faith Inspired Transformation}

Many people may think fitness is only a physical challenge. But, once in it, we quickly come to realize it’s much more — it requires thought, motivation, perseverance, and change. And change always requires mental and emotional action as much as physical steps.

10 Steps to Your FIT - Fit Inspired Transformation by Kim Dolan Leto

Kim Dolan Leto shares parts of her own wellness journey as well as practical tips and faith-based encouragement in her book, 10 Steps to Your F.I.T. – Faith Inspired Transformation (Fedd Books, 2015). Within the first chapter, readers can see she has the right motivation:

“…our first reason for losing weight should always be to get healthy, not lose weight.” – p. 5

She incorporates solid fitness advice from a faith perspective, encouraging readers to exercise in some form daily (while still following safety guidelines), eat God-made (natural) foods over man-made (processed) foods, and seeking support and strength from God to persevere.

Her writing tone blends encouragement with practicality well. I only found one chapter where I felt her advice to be more restrictive (on an aspect of eating), though she explained more in subsequent pages. The reflections questions at the end of each chapter are fairly predictable, but the “strategies” action steps are solid, helpful, and doable (though that doesn’t mean easy!). She also offers several printables/tips sheets within the book that summarize practical tips or offer other helps in reference-sheet form. The exercise guidelines will be good help to beginner exercisers. Many of her most helpful tips propose ways to fit healthy eating, fitness, and faith-focused time into our society’s busy days.

The author is very focused on emotional and spiritual health alongside the physical, which can help readers focused on either/or to be more comprehensive in their approaches. She perhaps doesn’t offer big revelations in fitness or faith (though all of it is sound advice for beginners!), but combining the two as she does helps clarify need for both in refreshing and doable ways. She also offers a workout DVD to accompany this book (though I did not have the opportunity to obtain it for review at this time).

This book would be most useful for readers beginning their wellness journeys, readers who have tried unsuccessfully to meet fitness goals in the past and needed a more rounded approach, and readers who want faith-focused encouragement to persevere.

How do you incorporate faith into your wellness routine?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Move Like You Feel” Active Movement Game for Preschoolers

I have a family fitness background and I have a son who is a major sensory seeker. Any time we can add movement into a learning activity, we do!

We’re wrapped up a preschool feelings unit this week (watch for that post next week!), and I created this simple movement mimicking activity to accompany our emotions-themed activities this week.

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Move Like You Feel” Movement Game

This activity allowed my son to differentiate his movements to pretend acting out these emotions. My son has multiple special needs, and, though he can distinguish many emotions, he can’t really copy them himself unless he’s actually feeling them.

To help him be able to model different emotions, we used this game to incorporate big motor movements he could associate with each feeling.

How to Play

Just have enough space to move a bit. Classroom teachers can use this activity with a little space in between desks, in a reading around, or outside.

Optional: You can also have a photo-filled feelings book in hand to help, like Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner.

The first round, I talked the kids through each emotion and modeled how we can move to act out that emotion. In the second and third rounds, I suggest trying to see if the kids remember each movement when you call out each emotion. Play 3-5 rounds for a total of roughly 10 minutes (just enough to get some wiggles out and get hearts pumping!).

Modification: If you’re using this activity with advanced preschoolers or early elementary ages, you can ask the kids to create their own movements!

Emotion Movements

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Sad” – moving low and slow

Here are the movements and emotions we used:

  • Happy – move bouncy and smiling, with a march
  • Sad – move low and slow
  • Excited – jump!
  • Frustrated – move tight and stomping
  • Tired – crawl on hands and knees
  • Nervous – move on tiptoes very cautiously
  • Silly – silly dancing!
Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Frustrated” – stomping

Move Like You Feel - active emotions movement game for preschoolers {undergodsmightyhand.com}

“Tired” – crawling on hands and knees slowly

We completed each movement for 30-60 seconds. We stopped at just these seven emotions for our first go-round. I hope to add a few more about my son is able to express when he feels these seven emotions with more frequency.

Modification for special needs: We signed each emotion first. I also suggest either showing a picture of each emotion or having a chart of emotions and first asking the kids to point out which emotion you call out. Then complete the movement.

Since playing this game, my son has already expressed “tired” and “happy” (yay!) and my daughter has talked about “nervous.” We might need to play this game once a week or so!

I shared our whole preschool feelings unit here, including the books and activities we used.

Feelings and Emotions Unit for Preschool - including activities, book recommendations, and resources! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

If you’re looking for a song about emotions, we love the “feelings song” from this episode of Signing Time. It’s good for dancing, too!

How do you help your kids learn to express different emotions?

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

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Song of the Stars plus an active reading game for any kids' book! {undergodsmightyhand.com at homeschoolvillage.com}

An Active Reading Game {plus free printable!}

Books + fitness = awesome!

Song of the Stars plus an active reading game for any kids' book! {undergodsmightyhand.com at homeschoolvillage.com} I’m at The Homeschool Village today with an active reading game idea to use with picture books, early readers, and even longer passages for practices. This game incorporates listening skills with reading (and pre-reading) skills and fitness movements. My post at The Homeschool Village shares some ways to modify this active for different age groups and abilities.

I use Song of the Stars by Sally-Lloyd Jones as an active (and a great Christmas picture book!), but, I include a free printable for using this active reading game for any book!

Click here to check out this active reading game post at The Homeschool Village.

Love book-based activities of all kinds? The Homeschool Village has put together free ebook full of Christmas-related books and crafts and activities! Read more about the ebook here.

Family-Friendly Fitness Apps and Gadgets

8 Apps and Gadgets to Boost Family Fitness at The Homeschool Village We love technology around here, but using technology doesn’t mean you don’t have stay active.

I’m at The Homeschool Village today sharing 8 awesome fitness-focused, family-friendly apps and gadgets.

Join me at The Homeschool Village to check out the apps I’ve found, and while you’re there, please share how your family has used technology to encourage fitness, too!

Tips for Your Fitness and Bible Study Routine While Traveling

Fitness and Faith: Keeping On Track While You Travel

We humans are creatures of habit. Once our go-to schedule is thrown off by a big change (like a move or a new job) or a temporary shift (a vacation), we sometimes lose focus on previous goals.

How can we keep both our fitness routines and bible study habits intact over vacations?

Join me at Do Not Depart today for 7 tips (and lots of resources) on keeping your fitness and Bible study routines intact while you travel.

While you’re there, share your tips for keeping healthy routines going, too!