What Kids Can Learn from American Ninja Warrior

"Mom, watch this cool new move I can do. It's called the Jump Shot Slingshot!"

Cue Mom watching son enthusiastically practice his latest athletic feat.

This scene plays out nightly at my house, as I'm sure it does in thousands of homes across the country. Ever since my kids started watching the hugely popular television show American Ninja Warrior, they now view playgrounds, the backyard and even our own living room as potential obstacle courses.

My couch and recliners have turned into a modified version of the Sonic Curve, and the trees in my backyard have ropes dangling from branches to mimic the Rope Swing. Like so many other kids, my daughter and son have spent countless hours watching and copying the moves of the real-life superheroes on the show.

While I'm forever indebted to the creators of American Ninja Warrior for providing a media option that has kept my kids entertained throughout the summer, the life lessons they learn from each episode are most important of all.

About the Author

Sara Lindberg

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Sara Lindberg, B.S., M.Ed., is a fitness expert and full-time freelance writer with 20+ years of experience. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master's degree in Counseling. She’s spent her life educating people on the importance of health, wellness, mindset, and mental health, and she specializes in the mind-body connection, with a focus on how our mental and emotional wellbeing impact our physical fitness and health. 
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Sara Lindberg, B.S., M.Ed., is a fitness expert and full-time freelance writer with 20+ years of experience. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master's degree in Counseling. She’s spent her life educating people on the importance of health, wellness, mindset, and mental health, and she specializes in the mind-body connection, with a focus on how our mental and emotional wellbeing impact our physical fitness and health. 

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