Latest Posts

Double Glazing RepairsWed Oct 16, 2019 4:12:12 pm -
NEW
Temp Accommodation Needed Jan 5-Feb 15Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:26:41 pm -
NEW
Looking For An Interior Architect / DesignerWed Oct 16, 2019 2:22:52 pm -
5 Replies
Table Hire For Child’s PartyWed Oct 16, 2019 12:05:53 pm -
NEW
3yrs Old Autism - Help/adviceWed Oct 16, 2019 11:24:22 am -
20 Replies
Trinity Fields FireworksWed Oct 16, 2019 9:31:32 am -
78 Replies
Make-over And Photoshoot, Only £50 This Saturday 19th September, 10am At Robbies Photographics, BalhamTue Oct 15, 2019 2:43:14 pm -
NEW
Please Help Me DecideMon Oct 14, 2019 10:33:08 pm -
4 Replies
Luxury Holiday For Single ParentMon Oct 14, 2019 8:33:02 pm -
3 Replies
Father ChristmasMon Oct 14, 2019 7:56:22 pm -
4 Replies
Advice Or Recommendation On Removal ServicesMon Oct 14, 2019 6:59:51 pm -
1 Replies
Electrician Needed!Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:58:24 pm -
4 Replies
Childcare In EarlsfieldMon Oct 14, 2019 12:27:31 pm -
RECENT
Do You Need A Tutor?Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:40:15 am -
RECENT
Available For All Work: First Class Hons, Ex Management ConsultantMon Oct 14, 2019 9:34:51 am -
RECENT
Cake Decorating Class Recommendations PleaseMon Oct 14, 2019 8:30:14 am -
2 Replies
Norland Nanny Or NQNMon Oct 14, 2019 7:11:29 am -
2 Replies
Hall Hire For A Laser Tag Birthday PartySun Oct 13, 2019 8:40:53 pm -
2 Replies
Mandarin Half-term Camp 28 Oct-1 NovSat Oct 12, 2019 10:43:22 pm -
RECENT
Rental Over Xmas WeekSat Oct 12, 2019 7:33:37 pm -
RECENT
Stalls At School Christmas Fairs..apologies If Too Early With This QuestionSat Oct 12, 2019 4:20:42 pm -
4 Replies
MEDIA REQUEST: Did You Fall Pregnant While On HRT? £200 Fee Paid And I Can Promote Your Business/product.Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:07:26 pm -
RECENT
Recommendation For Recaning ChairsFri Oct 11, 2019 9:35:36 am -
1 Replies
Cat CareThu Oct 10, 2019 8:15:45 pm -
RECENT
Might Anyone Know What This Is?Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:21:42 pm -
2 Replies
7+ Tutor WantedWed Oct 09, 2019 8:55:55 pm -
2 Replies
Short Term Rental Property - How To Stop Being Ripped Off?Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:45:39 pm -
6 Replies
Domestic Cleaning!Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:35:48 pm -
RECENT
Recommendation For Will WriterTue Oct 08, 2019 4:38:17 pm -
6 Replies
Paediatric First Aid CourseTue Oct 08, 2019 10:16:10 am -
2 Replies
Pilates And Yoga Classes On Friday Mornings?Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:38:37 am -
6 Replies
Wandsworth Test Tutor RecommendationMon Oct 07, 2019 9:35:55 pm -
4 Replies
Nationalise Private Schools Without Compensation? Garden Tax? Land Tax?Mansion Tax?No Commitment To Remain In EU?Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:32:26 pm -
1 Replies
St John’s School LeatherheadMon Oct 07, 2019 4:25:24 pm -
2 Replies
Cake Maker ??Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:44:00 pm -
9 Replies
Hand-sewing Classes In SW London?Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:45:51 am -
RECENT
Playdate In Sw18Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:20:46 am -
3 Replies
Search OptionMon Oct 07, 2019 10:00:53 am -
2 Replies
SEND EHCP Form For Children With DisabilitiesMon Oct 07, 2019 9:53:33 am -
3 Replies
Kids First Phone: What Are Your Top Tip Phone Rules & Recommended Apps For Monitoring UsageMon Oct 07, 2019 8:16:53 am -
1 Replies
Wandsworth Common Necklace FoundMon Oct 07, 2019 8:05:51 am -
2 Replies
ChristmasSun Oct 06, 2019 3:19:58 pm -
RECENT
Interview Practice 10+ 11+ And 13+Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:08:57 pm -
RECENT
Private Cinema Event For Neurodiverse Girls: October 6thThu Oct 03, 2019 4:21:48 pm -
RECENT
Eaton House The Manor - Reception YearThu Oct 03, 2019 1:50:47 pm -
RECENT
Franco Manca Northcote RoadThu Oct 03, 2019 12:13:38 pm -
RECENT
Trustworthy Cat Sitter And CleanerWed Oct 02, 2019 9:03:46 pm -
2 Replies
Looking For A Trademark Infringement LawyerWed Oct 02, 2019 6:47:53 pm -
3 Replies
New Au Pair Looking For Other Au PairsTue Oct 01, 2019 12:31:00 pm -
22 Replies
Recommendations PleaseTue Oct 01, 2019 12:17:19 pm -
RECENT

Big Benefits of Physical Activity for Kids!

Last Updated on : 26th February 2018

The Little Gym : Children are busy, busy little people!

Physical activity does so much more than provide children with an outlet for burning their endless supply of energy. Over the years, various studies on child development have been conducted to prove that physical activities for kids helps to increase confidence and self-esteem, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and also helps children perform better in a classroom setting and life in general. Healthy kids benefit emotionally, physically, and cognitively when they’re active and having a good time.

The key to encouraging children to get active is to make it fun! Adults might spend more time being active if we took this advice!

When children are riding their bike, swimming in a pool, or getting active and playing fitness games at their local The Little Gym, they aren’t seeing it as a workout. They’re seeing the activity as an opportunity to play with their friends and have fun. Cardiovascular exercises, strength exercises, and stretching exercises together will help your child build a strong body and mind. Keep reading for more information about how you can incorporate workouts for kids into your family’s weekly routine.

1. Cardiovascular exercise

Walking, biking, swimming, and running around a field or basketball court are great for strengthening the heart and building endurance.

The UK’s government state in their Physical activity guidelines for Early Years (Under 5’s capable of walking) should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day and children and young people (aged between 5-12) should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day. Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week. They also recommend that all children should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).

Fit this into your family’s schedule with a family football game, a Saturday morning bike ride, a nice long Sunday swim or a lovely walk around where you live or further afield. Even if finding spare time is tough, incorporate ‘sprints’ like racing to the fountain at the park or skipping in the garden.

2. Strength exercises

Swinging on the monkey bars at the local park, or fitness games like learning how to do a handstand at The Little Gym, not only strengthens muscles and increases bone density, it also can help with preventing future sports or non-sports related injuries. If you’re struggling with your own workout plan and making the time, invite your children to do press ups or sit ups with you. This is a great opportunity to be a brilliant role model for your children too!

3. Stretching exercises

Stretching is equally as important as strength and cardiovascular activities. Regular stretching helps to increase flexibility, helping children work on (or master) their splits, cartwheels, and reduces the risk of injury. Have fun with stretching by asking your child to stretch like an animal of their choice – like a cheetah stretching out after a long day running around the jungle or a big tall giraffe stretching high!

Finding activities for kids and fitness games is easy! Trying these physical activities for kids can be a fun way to spend time together as a family!

Healthy kids are happy kids. If you’re looking for some fun, physical activities for children 10 months through 12 years, check out The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham! We offer FREE Introductory classes for all age groups, to see what things we get up to in our gym call us on 0208 874 6567 or request a free trial class.

You Might Also Like

Stress, anxiety & panic attacks: how to support your child through stressful times

Anxiety UK claim that 1 in 6 young people experience anxiety. At no time is this stress felt more than during the exam season. As a parent, ... Read Feature

First Aid following a serious bleed

A severe bleed can be caused by any accident in the home or garden, a mishap at work or sadly, through violence on the street. ... Read Feature

The workout for your face

A new generation of face treatment promises to lift, sculpt and tone your skin, but does it work, asks NappyValleyNet contributor Georgina Blaskey. You may ... Read Feature

Join the Discussion

Latest From Instagram