Children and the proper childcare methods have always been the biggest concern for parents. One of the best solution to raise the health of kids is to take them to the gym. According to health experts, children need exercise just as much as adults, so it’s appropriate for them to go to the gym from about the age of 2 onward.
Benefits of regular exercise for children include controlling stress, raising self-esteem, maintaining a healthy weight, building a healthy body and improved sleep. The type of activity a child does at the gym depends on his age and physical maturity.
1. Ages 2 to 3
The gym can help your toddler improve her motor skills, through activities such as running and throwing. Toddler gym exercise classes are appropriate but should emphasize fun over structure and creativity over strict form. Observe preschool gym classes geared toward body awareness, while strengthening language skills, cooperation and observation skills. Young bones should not be stretched in a rigorous way as skeletons are still developing. Play with your child while at the gym using games such as tag or leap frog. As motor skills mature, games can become more complex incorporating movements such as running, jumping, skipping and tag. She may enjoy toddler adapted classes for swimming, T-ball, yoga and tumbling.
2. Ages 4 to 5
As her motor skills mature, your child’s gym classes can become more complex, incorporating movements such as running, jumping, skipping and tag. She may enjoy classes at the gym such as swimming, T-ball and tumbling. Gymnastics can be introduced, as long as the emphasis is still on fun and creativity, rather than a rigorous, structured fitness regime to further develop her motor skills, improving balance and coordination. Many gyms have T-ball classes, teaching the basics beginning at around age 4.
3. Ages 6 to 12
An elementary school child starts to make more of her own decisions about how she wants to exercise. She may enjoy more organized gym sports meeting up to three times a week. She’s ready to have gym classes extend beyond the basics during these years to help her develop her own style. Her gym activities can include yoga, rock climbing and more advanced gymnastic classes, as well as group activities such as softball, baseball, basketball, soccer and swimming.