Here is a guest blog from a dance studio in England!
It’s important to get kids involved in physical activity from a young age. Not only is it good for their health, but it helps them to learn vital life skills. They get to play with other kids, learn to share and how to work in a team. Finding something that your child loves to do can sometimes be a challenge, especially when they are just starting to build their confidence. There are lots of ways of keeping your kids active and specialised classes that are aimed at young tots. Here are some of the things you can try to keep your child active and healthy.
Swimming is a vital life skill that all children should learn. It will keep them safe in the water and it’s a fantastic way of keeping fit. Head down to your local swimming pool a few times a week when your child is between 1 – 3 years and get them used to the water. Then you can take them to local swimming classes from about 3 upwards and see how they develop. They may only do it for a while until they can swim safely, or they could end up really enjoying it and keep it as a hobby.
Kids Dance classes are a great way of getting young kids to use up some of their energy. It’s a high energy, fun and entertaining form of exercise that kids will love. They can start from a very young age and some classes let parents take part too, so you can enjoy some quality time with your little one. Dance also helps with balance and coordination skills as well as being a brilliant way of keeping active.
Incorporate some active play sessions into your child’s daily routine. Play with them outside or sing some nursery rhymes with actions. There are so many games and toys they can play with that encourage a bit of physical activity. This will help them to burn a bit of energy and have fun around the home.
Kids martial arts classes don’t usually involve any fighting or contact, it’s more about learning the appropriate movements and skills. Martial arts are really good for learning discipline and respect for others, as these values are a big part of the sport.
It sounds simple but walking more is a really great way of keeping you and your kids more active. Don’t use the car unless you really need to. Walk to the park or the shops with your little ones and get some fresh air. It will save money on petrol and keep the whole family more active.
Active Days Out
Plan lots of active days out where the kids can get into lots of different physical activities. Take them to a theme park, down to the beach or for a fun walk on a nature trail. Spending a day doing something active will wear the kids out and give you time to relax in the evening. Days out don’t have to be expensive, you can go to lots of free parks and attractions throughout the country.
Dawn Short is owner of Wiggle Tots specialising in children’s dance classes in Sheffield, UK