Preschool exercise programs are much needed, but too often, they get put on the back burner in daycare centers and other preschool organizations. Some may feel it's not that important that preschoolers exercise on a regular basis, but this could not be farther from the truth. Fitness is very important for preschoolers and it helps them establish good habits that can last a lifetime.
Many older children participate in some sort of P.E. (physical education) class at school, but many preschoolers do not. P.E. training is necessary for at least about an hour a day even for kids who are yet to join school. For a preschool P.E. program, age-appropriate exercises and other fun-based activities should be organized.
Some of the preschool fitness activities should include aerobic exercises, fun dances, gymnastics, and age-appropriate sports. You can also incorporate nutrition information and provide take-home items such hand-outs, newsletters for parents, take-home coloring sheets and other items to enhance the preschool fitness programs.
Children's fitness programs offer many benefits not only for children but also to parents and teachers. The children in the program learn the importance of exercise in an entertaining way and they learn how to warm up and stretch their muscles for more flexibility. Children exercise promotes cardiovascular health at a young age and helps children develop good exercise and eating habits that will stay with them throughout their lifetime.
Children's fitness programs can reach into the children's homes to help parents combat childhood obesity at home. Teachers involved in the program may see an improvement in the energy levels of children, which can lead to a better teaching and learning environment. Search for a children's fitness program that offers a variety of exercise techniques and materials so the kids will not become too bored or too tired with the program. Children have a short attention span so the more new techniques you can offer, the more exciting and effective it will be.
In recent years, there have been a significant number of diet pills claiming the scientific way to lose weight, increase memory, and gain muscle power. Unfortunately, it would seem that this kind of information has been passed on to children, and that they are finding less motivation to exercise. Parents, not convinced that an exercise program for children is a priority, must read the report of The American Obesity Association that states the single largest factor in childhood obesity is lack of physical activity and excessive sedentary behavior - watching too much TV and playing too many video games.
An exercise program for your children is so important because of the large amount of health problems associated with those are inactive. Since 1974, the number of children classified as obese and slothful has increased more than four times; from roughly 4 per cent to over 16 per cent. To help your child avoid these health risks, you need to set them up on a regular exercise program. Children's exercise programs are not hard to do - just encourage them to attend children's fitness programs. Along with the fitness programs, please ensure children get a good balanced diet, develop healthy relationships and stay active.