Chipper Exercise: Gorilla Walk

Exercise is SO important, especially as kids are growing and developing. Exercise helps improve the quality and quantity of sleep, build and maintain healthy bones, joints, and muscles, improves motor coordination, and possess better self-image and self-esteem. Here’s an exercise to not only have fun while exercising, but to learn about animals, as well. Have your child try the “Gorilla Walk”:  Spread your feet apart about as wide as your shoulders. Bend at your waist and grab your ankles. Hold your ankles and walk stiff-legged. The “Gorilla Walk” helps with coordination and flexibility.

In addition, did you know that National Endangered Species Day was on Friday? Gorillas, unfortunately, are endangered. Here are some fun facts about these majestic, yet endangered species:

Gorillas are amazing creatures: 98-99% of gorillas’ DNA is the same as humans’ DNA. This is more than any other animal in the world! Here are some fun facts about gorillas:

-Gorillas are herbivores–it is a myth that they are meat eaters!

-Gorillas don’t ever sleep in the same place two nights in a row: they move around everyday for food and exploration. Also, they never sleep in the same nest twice in a row–they make a new one when they take an afternoon nap and before they sleep at night.

-Just like humans, gorillas have four fingers and a thumb.

-Gorillas see in color!

-Gorilla babies are nursed up to three years and they start walking when they are five months old.

Let’s go Chipper for exercise and gorillas!


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