Kids Fitness – Tunbridge Wells & Kent
As you probably already know, it is very important for kids to take part in some form of regular exercise activity. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for a child’s future health, with the possibility of developing coronary heart disease, obesity and other health complications. Studies have showed that children should be taking part in at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day, and whilst 71% of parents think their children are “active enough,” barely one in ten (11%) are doing the recommended daily 60 minutes of physical activity. The BHF charity released the findings as it published its new Couch Kids report, highlighting how physical activity is a crucial component in tackling childhood obesity. Whilst the number of obese children has risen since the mid-1990’s there have been no major changes in children’s physical activity levels over the last decade. Currently around a third of young people are overweight or obese.
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Mums and dads need to take off the blinkers about how active kids need to be in order to keep their hearts healthy. Children aren’t really any more active than they were ten years ago. Parents have such an important role in helping and encouraging their kids to be more active by building exercise into their every day lives whether that’s taking part in team sports, or playing outside with their friends”
|Moderate intensity activities||Brisk walking, swimming, cycling, PE, dancing and most sports|
|Activities to enhance strength||Climbing, skipping, and jumping for younger children and body conditioning and resistance exercise for adolescents|
|Activities to enhance bone health||Gymnastics, dance, aerobics, running, skipping and sports such as basketball|
Children need plenty of exercise to release any negative energy build-up and to provideincreased energy through fitness. Studies show that morning people, that is people who exercise in the morning gain more benefits than people who exercise at other times of day. This is not to say that just because you cannot exercise in the morning that you should not exercise at all. It just means that morning exercisers, kids as well as adults enjoy even more health benefits by getting out of bed.
Therefore by getting your kids out of bed early to exercise in the morning they will generally
sleep better, have more energy, be in better moods and have better levels of concentration which can improve their performance at school.
Getting your kids involved in activities such as breakfast clubs in schools, where kids do some form of activity before school and holiday clubs in the morning during term breaks, are fantastic ways for kids to start the day and enhance their abilities and improve overall health.
Physique Fitness Training has and still is promoting fitness for kids in schools all around Kent and Sussex, providing dance classes and workshops. These classes and workshop provide kids with some essential skills needed in life such as coordination, creativity, working in groups, improving social skills and self esteem. These classes are a fun way for kids to exercise and take part in something they really enjoy.
Further to improve your child’s health, Physique Fitness Training has introduced Mini Boppers to Tunbridge Wells and neighboring villages . Mini Boppers is “the fun and innovative way for keeping your kids active” setting firm foundations and applying all the relevant skills they need to lead a healthy and active life, now and in the future.