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The Playlist for Family Fitness

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Need music to move by? We picked these kid-friendly tunes to get you energized, excited, and dancing!

When my husband and I first started exercising with my son, he was 4 months old, and our activity of choice was dancing. My husband's inspired song choice? "SexyBack," by Justin Timberlake. Groovy for Mom and Dad, not so much for the baby, especially now that he's reaching talking age.

Here at FITNESS, we're huge proponents of dancing away calories. Dancing away calories with your kids? Even better! (Also, it has the same effect as playing fetch with your dog: they're wonderfully excited to do it, and happily tired when it's over.) Here, kid-friendly tunes to dance by, exercise by, and just plain have fun by.

"Clap Your Hands" - They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants - No! - Clap Your Hands

"Fun, Fun, Fun" - Beach Boys
The Beach Boys - Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of the Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun

"All Around the Kitchen" - Dan Zanes and Loudon Wainwright III
Dan Zanes & Loudon Wainwright III - Family Dance - All Around the Kitchen

"Rockin' Robin" - Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal - Shakin' a Tailfeather - Rockin' Robin

"Bumblebee (Buzz, Buzz)" - Laurie Berkner
Laurie Berkner - Buzz Buzz - Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)

"ABC" The Jackson 5
Jackson 5 - Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection - ABC

"Jump into the Middle" - Charity Khan
Charity Kahn - Charity and the JAMband: Rock Your Socks Off - Jump into the Middle

"The Hoppity Song" - John Ondrasik
John Ondrasik - For the Kids - The Hoppity Song

"Hot Potato" - The Wiggles
The Wiggles - Yummy Yummy - Hot Potato

"Bathtub Boy" - The Sugar-Free Allstars
Sugar Free Allstars - Dos Ninos - Bathtub Boy

"Bicycle" - The Jellydots
The Jellydots - Hey You Kids! - Bicycle

"Upside Down" - Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson - Sing-a-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George - Upside Down

Originally published on, September 2007.


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