How Can You Get Your Child Moving?
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, young people age six to 17 years old should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. The unfortunate truth is that instead of getting outside and being active, kids now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen, whether it be a TV, a computer, or video games. Only one in three children is active every day, which is one of the reasons for the very troubling spike in obesity in children and related illnesses.
The good news? There are many ways for your child to get involved in physical activity without necessarily joining a sports team. Check out these popular athletic pastimes and consider helping your child get involved:
80% of schools in the U.S. have cheerleading squads, but long gone are the days when cheerleading was just a way for high school girls to impart some school spirit at the big game. In fact, many cheerleading squads these days don’t even have a corresponding sports team, and if they do, their leading duties at school come second to cheerleading competitions and events based on the sport itself. Indeed, 98% of all female cheerleaders were former gymnasts. And it’s far from limited to girls — many boys who wish to combine the rigorous practice of dance and gymnastics join cheerleading squads. This activity, which combines spirit, team playing, and complex choreography might just be the perfect way to get your child moving.
Gymnastics for kids has several benefits — not only does it get kids up and moving, but it increases their strength, versatility, coordination, flexibility and confidence. Being a part of gymnastics classes, or even a team, can really help children get the moral support for being active that they need, while at the same time having autonomy over their practice. Send your child to a gymnastics and dance academy for the summer to get them started.
Whether you send you child to a horse-riding camp, or to a summer gymnastics and dance academy, one thing is for sure — they will be able to spend their days exercising without even thinking about it. Thousands of children attend camps every year, and by making physical activity a part of their day-to-day, they will be able to make it a habit for the rest of their lives.
So, between a gymnastics and dance academy for the summer, cheerleading at school, and gymnastics classes in between, there are lots of ways to get your child moving that they will love.