Flip2BFit: Workout during family time
When we received the Flip2BFit game in the mail, I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical. OK — a lot skeptical.
I love playing with my kids and trying to integrate fitness into play, but this seemed too easy. Would my boys go along with it?
It was actually my 10-year-old son who first opened the box and asked if we could play the game. So, one cool Saturday morning, we pulled it out and set it up.
Flip2BFit is a board game, complete with a colorful game board, player pawns, a spinning wheel and an assortment of cards. The cards are color coded: orange for strength, blue for stretching, purple for cardio and green for yoga. The wheel is separated into four sections with the same colors.
The main character of the game is a dinosaur name Springer, and the object is to work your way around the park — er, game board — in order to meet Springer at the playground in the middle of the park. To get there, you spin the wheel and select a card from the color that the spinner lands on.
Typical board game so far, right? Here’s where you start to break a sweat. My youngest spun the wheel first, and landed on orange, so he selected a strength card. The card features an exercise; this first one was dolphin planks. The card includes an illustration of a person performing the exercise, as well as instructions. Some cards indicate that just the person who picks the card must perform it. Others require all the players to do the exercises. Once the exercise is completed, you move your pawn forward a certain number of spaces based on the color of the card.
I wasn’t kidding when I said some of these exercises will make you break a sweat. The exercises include such things as burpees, squats, running in place and downward-facing dog, all with kid-friendly animal names. Somehow I ended up having to do a lot of frog jumps, and my thighs were sore for two days. My tummy also was a little sore, though I don’t know whether it was from the sit-ups or the belly laughs.
Instead of an exercise, some of the cards have health-focused trivia or fact-or-fiction questions that test your knowledge on food and nutrition. I was surprised at how much my kids understood about protein and nutrients. The pictures on the box show kids playing outside, so I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough room in our little living room to perform the exercises. Even when we had to all exercise, we had plenty of space.
As a mom who has put away many a board game, I was really impressed with the packaging of Flip2BFit. There’s a place for everything, and a nice storage compartment for the cards so you don’t have to gather them up and sort through them every time you want to play.
The game is perfect for cold or rainy days when outside play isn’t really an option, but isn’t limited to indoor use. It really will give you and your kids a decent workout, while you also spend quality time together as a family.
Find out more
Flip2BFit costs $34.95. To find out more, visit http://Flip2BFit.com.
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Jenna Kochenauer is a news anchor on WORD 106.3 FM radio. Follow her @JennaOnTheAir. Read her blog at www.NotSoFitGirl.com.