How do I Choose the Best Kids' Fitness Programs?

B. Miller
B. Miller
Sports, like soccer, can provide a good workout for kids.
Sports, like soccer, can provide a good workout for kids.

Kids' fitness programs, either at a local fitness center or just on a DVD, can be a great way to encourage kids to get more exercise and to get in shape. When choosing kids' fitness programs, it is important to consider your individual children and the type of activities that they already enjoy. If kids do not have any fun when exercising, it will become a chore, and they will be more likely to stop as soon as possible, and may not develop a good habit of working out regularly.

Karate is an excellent form of exercise for children.
Karate is an excellent form of exercise for children.

When choosing kids' fitness programs it is important to take the ages of your children into account. Many fitness centers and community centers have classes designed for kids of specific ages; this can be a great idea because the instructors can teach the kids while taking their interests and attention spans into account. In addition, kids can meet and socialize with other children, and develop their social skills as well as improve their physical fitness.

Gymnastics and yoga help kids improve their flexibility, strength, and balance.
Gymnastics and yoga help kids improve their flexibility, strength, and balance.

It is also important to keep your children's interests in mind when choosing kids' fitness programs. If your child is very interested in a particular sport, for example, see if you can sign him up to play on a team or even just receive instruction in a sport, such as baseball, football, basketball, or soccer, just to name a few. If your child is interested in gymnastics, karate, or games, see if you can find an appropriate class for those interests. Classes for kids even exist for programs such as yoga or strength training.

Bouncing on a trampoline is low-impact, and can be a great cardiovascular exercise.
Bouncing on a trampoline is low-impact, and can be a great cardiovascular exercise.

If no programs exist in your area, creating a play group where other parents can bring their kids can be a great idea. Kids can play games outdoors and will be getting exercise without even realizing it. When choosing kids' fitness programs, it is also important to consider any fees, as well as the weekly schedule. Be sure that the program schedule will not conflict with any other activities, such as the completion of schoolwork or taking musical instrument lessons, for example.

Karate can teach kids and adults self-defense as well as build strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.
Karate can teach kids and adults self-defense as well as build strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.

If you are choosing kids' fitness programs on DVD, it may be a good idea to ask friends for recommendations, or to search online for reviews. Many DVDs have dozens of reviews from parents, which may specify information such as the difficulty level of the video and if it can keep their children interested. You may want to rent a few videos first before purchasing one to see if your kids enjoy it.

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    • Sports, like soccer, can provide a good workout for kids.
      Sports, like soccer, can provide a good workout for kids.
    • Karate is an excellent form of exercise for children.
      Karate is an excellent form of exercise for children.
    • Gymnastics and yoga help kids improve their flexibility, strength, and balance.
      Gymnastics and yoga help kids improve their flexibility, strength, and balance.
    • Bouncing on a trampoline is low-impact, and can be a great cardiovascular exercise.
      Bouncing on a trampoline is low-impact, and can be a great cardiovascular exercise.
    • Karate can teach kids and adults self-defense as well as build strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.
      Karate can teach kids and adults self-defense as well as build strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.