How to Perform a Proper Cartwheel

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How to do a Cartwheel: A 5-Step Guide

 

A cartwheel is one of the beginning skills in gymnastics that will eventually lead to more difficult skills, such as a round-off or aerial. A cartwheel essentially consists of beginning in a lunge position, placing one hand on the ground and then the other, and kicking one foot overhead and then the other, before landing back in a lunge. Here we will walk you through the different body positions that occur throughout a cartwheel.

 

Step 1 to Learning a Cartwheel

 

 

The first step to learning a cartwheel is the lunge position. Gymnasts should begin and end their cartwheels in a lunge. A lunge is a standing position, where one foot is in front of you with the knee slightly bent, while the other foot is directly aligned with your hip, and that knee is locked. Both arms should be raised overhead with locked elbows. Keep your arms as close to your ears as possible and your shoulders, hips and back foot aligned.

 

Step 2 to Learning a Cartwheel

 

 

Before you can successfully complete a cartwheel, you must already know how to do a handstand. The motions of a cartwheel build upon those of a handstand. Just as you place your hands on the floor and kick your feet up overhead to do a handstand, you will do the same for a cartwheel. The only differences come with timing, and a slight turn of the shoulders and hips.

 

Once you are in your lunge position, you with then place your first hand on the floor while simultaneously lifting your back leg. Your front leg will straighten as this motion occurs. Your first hand should be on the same side as your front leg, whether it be left or right. While you are placing your hand on the floor, turn your shoulders and hips to face outward, rather than forward.

 

Step 3 to Learning a Cartwheel

 

 

Next, place your second hand on the floor in front of your first hand, while kicking your second leg into the air. At this point, your entire body should be facing outward, with your shoulders and hips aligned. Your fingers on both hands should be facing the opposite direction that you are looking, and your head should be in between your arms. Both legs and both arms should be completely straight and toes pointed!

 

Step 4 to Learning a Cartwheel

 

 

When coming down from a cartwheel, the downside mimics the upside. Just as you placed one hand on the floor first and lifted one leg first, that hand will lift first and the corresponding foot will touch back to the floor first. Try to make sure that your toes on your first foot are facing the hand that remains on the floor, as you will be turning your body to face the direction that you just came from once you finish.

 

The second hand will follow along with the first, lifting from the floor. Both arms should raise and stretch upward as you return to your lunge position. Similarly, your second foot will follow the first, touching back to the ground with your toes facing the same direction as the first foot.

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Step 5 to Learning a Cartwheel

 

 

As you practice, your technique and body positions will improve. Throughout your cartwheel, your arms and legs should remain straight, with pointed toes and a tight tummy. Keeping your shoulders and hips aligned will make the motions much easier. Your head should stay in between your arms, and your arms should always be touching or close to your ears. Practice your cartwheels on both your left and right leg to develop coordination.

 

This is a simple 5-step guide to learning your cartwheel. For more detailed training and hands-on spotting, sign your preschooler up for BEEBUS Fitness & More classes!

Keeping the Family Healthy When the Candy Parade Begins

I know, I know! It’s silly to think we can keep ourselves and our kids healthy through the holiday season – especially the candy laden holiday we all know as HALLOWEEN! Between the snickers, skittles and tootsie rolls, who can resist?

We all know that candy isn’t good for us. But why? Here’s the nitty gritty behind it all. When you or your child takes in a high amount of sugar, the sugar is then routed into the pancreas which releases insulin instead of glycogen. Then, the insulin is absorbed by your fat cells, making them grow. Then, we get that “sugar rush” feeling when the fat cells transport glycogen into the blood stream which misleads you into thinking you (or your little one) have energy.

If we want to keep this to a minimum, we have to figure out ways to combat our tendency to go crazy and eat 26 mini peanut butter cups. Here are a few tips on how to keep your family healthy during the Halloween holiday!

  1. If your kids really have several pounds of candy, consider finding a “candy buy back” place. Many bigger cities offer a place like this. Some dentist offices even offer this service. I am not telling you to sneak off and sell all your kids’ candy. Talk to them about it and work out some sort of reward for taking some of the candy in to sell.
  2. Try little bits at a time. At my house, the kids get one mini package of candy in their lunch, and one after dinner. At this rate, the candy lasts forever!
  3. Out of sight, out of mind! Put the candy away where no one (including yourself) can actually see it. The tendency is to grab a piece every time we walk by if it’s just sitting out on the counter. Get it out only to grab a piece, and put it back where it’s kind of a hassle to get down. This also decreases the chances that your little ones will be sneaking any candy without permission!
  4. Get more active! Any time you take in extra calories, whether you are 7 or 70, it’s important to do a little more work to shed those extra calories. Try a family game of tag, a relay race, or a nice walk outside.
  5. Get real! Have a family talk about the importance of moderation with regards to sugary foods. Even if they don’t understand now, they will later. Remember, you’re only planting a seed. Later you will see that your message was heard.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Happy Holidays

Let’s face it, everyone over indulges during the holidays! Even the healthiest of families may fall victim to the infamous winter weight gain. A couple of pounds is OK, 5-10 not OK! Many times, we don’t think about monitoring our kids intake as we feel they will burn it off immediately with their fast little metabolisms. Well, just because we can afford to eat more (or less healthy) doesn’t mean that we should.

Here are some quick tips for you and your family to keep healthy, active, and even slim during the holiday season!

  1. Nix the appetizers … unless you want to put out something like raw veggies and a greek yogurt veggie dip. According the Mayo Clinic, a thanksgiving meal can easily add up to 4,000 calories. Eliminating unnecessary calories anywhere you can will be to you and your family’s benefit!
  2. Quality over quantity! Fill your plate up with roasted or sautéed veggies and lean meats, then leave a little room for the starches and fats. Do the same for your little ones. You’re a lot less likely to gorge yourself on mashed potatoes and gravy if you fill that belly up with roasted peppers, onions, and the like.
  3. Less is more! Make one, maybe two options for deserts, rather than 4 or 5. The more the options, the more the temptation!
  4. Get active! Make sure to get out for a family jog, flag football or some other activity. If you feel too tired to move, just go for a quick walk. This will boost your energy and aid the digestive system in breaking down that big meal a little faster!

Have a wonderful holiday season!