Most adults visit a gym, attend yoga class, or go for a run to get their regular dose of physical activity. Fortunately, our children get most of their daily exercise by accident! When they do things like play tag, ride a bike or participate in sports, your little ones are improving their overall health through fun-filled fitness activities. Not only does exercise keep kids looking and feeling great in the short-term, it has multiple long-term health benefits as well.
Generally, we use three main Elements of Fitness to categorize different types of exercise and physical activities. We may observe all three elements at the gym or during a workout class, but we can also see them in our little one’s daily routine.
In addition to building strength, endurance and flexibility, kids who exercise regularly have stronger muscles and bones than kids who don’t get enough physical activity. Active children usually have lean bodies and a reduced risk of obesity, type two diabetes, and even high blood pressure. Furthermore, children who participate in physical activities have a better outlook on life and even SLEEP better than their sedentary counterparts. That’s a win for the whole family!
Generally, toddlers should get around 90 minutes of physical activity each day, but that doesn’t mean they have to do push-ups or go for a jog! In fact, experts recommend toddlers spend 30 minutes completing a pre-planned physical activity (sports, dance class, etc.) and draw the remaining hour from unstructured “free play” time. As they advance to preschool, most children should exercise for nearly two hours each day. At this age they’ll probably spend 60 minutes of this time on a planned activity and complete their remaining exercise during free play. Once they get to grade school, most children need about an hour of exercise throughout the day, whether it’s coming from free play during recess or an after-school sports practice.
Jungle Joe’s Spring Break Camps are the perfect opportunity for the little ones to get some exercise while having a blast! We offer full and half day options March 12-16 so parent’s can enjoy a relaxing staycation too. Space is limited – register today!