• STAYING HEALTHY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
  • This entry was posted in Fitness on December 22, 2015

  • It’s not easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with your aunt begging you to try the double chocolate fudge peanut butter cookies she brought for this year’s holiday feast. “I’m watching what I eat,” or “I’m on a diet,” often prompts eye rolls, and exclamations of, “It won’t kill you! Just a bite!”

    Pressure aside, it’s hard to watch friends and loved ones consume tasty concoctions and endless wine while nesting on the couch, without being swayed to the “dark side.”

    Here are a few realistic tips for staying healthy, and eating and living with intention during the holiday season.

    1) Bring your own. There’s an abundance of healthy holiday cookies and dishes you can bring to a potluck or party this year. If you bring your own, you can guarantee at least one healthy item will be on the table. Plus, people will appreciate healthier choices amongst the heavier food more typical at holiday gatherings.

    2) Prepare your stomach. You never want to approach a holiday party or meal on an empty stomach. Always eat a solid snack with plenty of protein, like a handful of nuts, or peanut butter and celery, before going to an outing. It will keep you full enough to use your reason and refrain from diving for the eggnog and sugar cookies.

    3) Indulge. A little. Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite treats completely. Snack slowly on one or two cookies, and enjoy a glass of red wine (one of the healthiest alcoholic drinks you can opt for). If you indulge a little, you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth. Refusing to eat anything unhealthy over the holidays could result in a secret midnight session with the cookie tray.

    4) Move it! We know the holidays are a time to relax and hang out with loved ones, but you’ll feel awful if you don’t find some way to incorporate movement into your holiday plans. Go for a walk as a group, or play an active game with the kids – physical activity makes for great quality time!

    5) Be careful what you drink. Seasonal drinks are loaded in calories – and alcoholic ones can tear apart any plans you had for eating mindfully. We’re more likely to consume unnecessary calories while drinking, so limit it to 1-2 drinks a night. Icing on the cake: the less you have to drink, the less likely you are to embarrass yourself. Don’t be that relative.

    It’s hard to stay healthy during the holidays. It’s a time of celebration and adventure after all – who wants to spend that time counting calories? But it’s not likely you’ll enjoy the wonder of the season if you’re feeling bloated, loaded, and weighed down by plates of turkey and mugs of mulled wine. Celebrate the season with cheer and your most ugly Christmas sweater, but don’t forget to take care of yourself in the process. With these five tips in mind, you can have fun, avoid the nickname “wet blanket,” eat mindfully, and start the New Year on a positive note.




  • 5 OUTDOOR GAMES FOR THE FAMILY
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 18, 2015

  • Playing outside is a great way to help your kids have fun and stay fit. There are many benefits to outdoor play, including exercise, socialization and strengthening muscles. Have your kids enjoy the fall weather and unplug indoor games and TV and send them outside for some fun and a little fitness. Here are a few outdoor games the whole family will enjoy!

    1. Bean Bag Toss or cornhole is a perfect outdoor game that the whole family can enjoy. It takes a balance of luck and skill to get the hang of, but once you get the form down it’s everyones favorite game. The game is played with two sets of wooden boards set 27 feet apart (or closer if you are playing with younger children). There are dozens of beanbag toss games available made for all ages and skill levels.

    2. Outdoor Chess with a giant chess set with spaces big enough to stand in, chess teaches kids motor skills, strategy, creativity and how to play by the rules. This game is played on a life-size black-and-white checkerboard with large resin chess pieces. Each player moves the one- to two-foot-tall pieces in this classic strategy board game. Each piece has a specific rule for how it can be moved. The game is over when the opponent’s king becomes trapped on the board, known as a checkmate. Outdoor chess can be played by two players or by several kids divided into two teams. KETTLER giant chess sets are made of resin is about ten feet square and can be weighted down with gravel if needed.

    3. Table Tennis is a great way to create a little friendly competition. Two or four players are needed for a game. Table tennis tables can be designed for indoor or outdoor use. Models with a true play-back feature can be set up for children to practice or play by themselves. Table tennis is a popular after-school activity for a range of ages.

    4. Bocce is a classic outdoor game, it can be played in the grass or even on the beach. Standard bocce balls weigh about 2 pounds, which can be heavy for younger kids. Some variations of bocce are available with more kid-friendly with lighter weight balls and plastic rings. Bocce is a fun challenge for all ages and a simple outdoor game to get the hang of.

    5. Hide and Seek can be enjoyed indoors and out, with two or more players. It can even be played with Mom, Dad or the babysitter. One person, often designated as “It,” closes their eyes and counts to 20 while the others hide within the boundaries. After announcing “Ready or not, here I come,” It looks for all of the other players. The first one who is found becomes It in the next round. There are many variations on the game, and the rules should be agreed upon before it begins.

     




  • WHY FOOT TO FLOOR TOYS ARE GREAT FOR TODDLERS
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 18, 2015

  • A lot is happening between the ages of 12 and 36 months. It’s a special time of discovery and development. Children are developing their gross motor skills, building muscles, discovering balance, and becoming more sure-footed as they take their first steps. At KETTLER we have several toys for your toddler, whether they want to push, scoot, or dig. Foot to floor toys make toddling fun and helps with balance and motor skill coordination. Your child sits or stands over the seat, holds on to the stationary handles and zooms around.

    Uber Zoomer

    - Wide handgrips
    - Contoured textured saddle for added comfort and grip
    - Extended front wheelbase to help prevent tipping
    - 4 swiveling smooth rolling wheels with non-marking rubber tread
    - Deep seating wheel covers for added safety
    - Foot rest tabs for added play
    - Thick molded resin body with interior reinforcement for a solid durable base
    - Lightweight body for easy maneuver and transport

    My Activity Ride-On

    - Wide sturdy resin body
    - Rear stabilizer to help prevent tipping
    - Squeaker horn
    - Limited steering
    - Removable blow-molded resin push handle
    - Under seat storage area
    - Unique Play Features include: Colorful turn wheel pattern, Removable play phone, Educational turn clock, flip pages, Slide window, Turn Key, Gear shifter, Tumble roller and Turn dial

    Baby Farm Trac

    - Front wheel steering
    - Working horn
    - Durable resin construction
    - Detachable hauling trailer
    - Shovel and rake included

    Baby Princess Trac

    - Front wheel steering
    - Working horn
    - Durable resin construction
    - Detachable hauling trailer
    - Shovel and rake included

    You can count on KETTLER for the best quality, design, and value in ride on products. Our foot to floor toys are ideal for toddlers who are developing their muscles and coordination. By the time kids reach the age of 3 or 4 they’re ready to graduate to some of the more advanced toys and play equipment. Take a look at what other KETTLER toys are available for your little ones.




  • 5 KETTLER ITEMS THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 17, 2015

  • The holiday season is finally here! Family time, seasonal beverages, and a spirit of giving accompany this time of year, but unfortunately, so does the stress of hunting down presents for every person on your list.

    Struggling to come up with gift ideas for fitness or fun loving friends? It’s hard to top the gift of good health and wellbeing – and no one offers toys and supplies better for the wellness-minded than KETTLER USA.

    Everyone gifts sweaters, ornaments, treats, and technology items. Take it up a notch with unique gifts from KETTLER USA that cater to fitness and other forms of active fun.

    1. For your friends, an Air Pad - $29

    This high-quality 13-inch diameter air pad will do wonders for leg and core strength, balance, and stability. Stand on it during the workday, or while watching television during the evening. They say sitting is killing us. Counteract the negative effects with this easy to use strength-training gadget that looks like a toy.

    2. For your significant other, the best Foam Roller - $49

    Not solely for massage, foam rollers can also be used for exercise! This durable top-notch foam roller makes the process of incorporating movement into your daily routine (while easing muscle soreness) easier. Get a great workout, and relieve stress and muscle tension with the foam roller’s textured pattern, reaching deeper muscles throughout the body.

    3. For your parents or grandparents, the 2 in 1 Mini Stepper - $149

    Target the lower body with the ideal low impact exercise on this 2 in 1 compact mini stepper. Anti-slip footplates and rubber stoppers ensure safety and security. Plus, the stepper comes with two rubber resistance bands to work the upper body!

    4. For your parents or grandparents, the Basic Plus Lounger - $359

    Good health requires relaxation. Kick back in this cozy lounger, with an adjustable backrest to accommodate multiple sitting positions. Enjoy an evening cocktail with friends, or read a book over a cup of tea. This lounger will meet all unwind and “me time” expectations!

    5. For kids, the Uber-Zoomer - $49

    Need a gift for a special kid in your life? The futuristic-looking uber-zoomer is delightful to look at and fun to play with. Its supportive saddle, wide handgrips, and footrests make it an entertaining and safe choice for children that parents will approve of.

    Active gifts, like those found at KETTLER USA last years and make an impact on your loved ones’ wellbeing. Give your friends and family members a healthy 2016 – with gifts that will help them have fun, relax, or stay on their feet!




  • GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR TODDLERS
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 16, 2015

  • They’re at that fun age where Christmas and Santa are exciting! Do you have an Elf on the Shelf who keeps a watchful eye on your little one to see if they’ve been naughty or nice? Does your toddler write a letter to Santa asking for gifts for Christmas? Where do you get your gift ideas for giving to your kids and to your family? Here’s a quick list of some great gift ideas to get and surprise your toddler this holiday season!

    Balance Bike

    Your child may not be ready for a full on bike, but they want to be just like their big brother or big sister! So, a balance bike is the perfect fit! It helps teach them how to ride a big bike without the pedaling. It helps your child learn both static and dynamic balance! Plus, it’s more natural for your child to scoot at their age while helping increase their confidence.  While their older siblings are racing around the driveway, they can scoot along at their speed and have just as much fun. Plus, it looks great next to a Christmas tree with a big bow on it!

    Gymnic Rody

    Or a Gyffy, Raffy or hop ball! These fun, colorful and balance-development toys are a great gift for the holidays or even all year round. They help improve your child’s trunk, legs and arm muscles. Plus, the fun and colorful design and “personality” of each character will let your little one have fun for hours. Not only are they great for coordination and balance, they are fun for one to play with or to play together with siblings and bounce around.

    Books

    One super creative idea that parents have been implementing is “25 Nights of Books” and they wrap 25 different books for their kids and each night leading up to Christmas, they unwrap a book with their toddler and read it before bed. It’s a fun way to count down to the holiday while getting in some reading. It’s a tradition that can be kept from when they’re babies, all the way up until their teens! Add in some holiday favorites like ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas or The Polar Express – it’s a great way to grow your child’s library and vocabulary.

    Art Easel

    Let their creativity show with an art easel. Whether it has paper and crayons, a chalkboard and chalk, or a whiteboard and markers – having a place to use your imagination and watch their ideas come to life is important. Plus together you can work to practice writing the alphabet, their name, drawing shapes and more. It’s a great educational tool that allows them to have fun!

    While giving and receiving gifts is fun around the holidays, it most definitely is about spending time with your loved ones. Be sure to take some time out from shopping, working and running around to gather with your family and enjoy the holidays!