By November 6, 2019 No Comments


When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights.

But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have a PE class at school, during playtime and lunch, at dance class or footie practice, while riding bikes, or when playing tag, with friends. But not every child is a natural athlete or enjoys competitive sports and may be put off by group exercise. This is where REDS Fitness, Stockton Heath comes in …

The Many Benefits of Exercise

Everyone can benefit from regular exercise. Active kids will have:

  • stronger muscles and bones
  • leaner bodies
  • less risk of becoming overweight
  • a lower chance of getting type 2 diabetes
  • better equipped to deal with social situations
  • a better outlook on life and dealing with peer pressure

Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, fit kids sleep better. They’re also better able to handle physical and emotional challenges — from running to catch a bus to studying for a test.

The Three Elements of Fitness

If you’ve ever watched kids on a playground, you’ve seen the three elements of fitness in action when they:

  1. run away from the kid who’s “it” (endurance)
  2. cross the monkey bars (strength)
  3. bend down to tie their shoes with straight legs (flexibility)

Improving strength doesn’t have to mean lifting weight. Instead, kids can do push-ups, stomach crunches, pull-ups, and other exercises to help tone and strengthen muscles. They also improve their strength when they climb, do a handstand, or wrestle.

Stretching exercises help improve flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion. Kids get chances every day to stretch when they reach for a toy, practice a split, or do a cartwheel.

The Sedentary Problem

Kids and teens are sitting around a lot more than they used to. They spend hours every day in front of a screen (TVs, smartphones, tablets, and other devices) looking at a variety of media (TV shows, videos, movies, games). Too much screen time and not enough physical activity add to the problem of childhood obesity.

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

Parents should make sure that their kids get enough exercise. So, how much is enough? Kids and teens should get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

Raising Fit Kids in Warrington Cheshire

Combining regular physical activity with a healthy diet is the key to a  healthy lifestyle

Here are some tips for raising fit kids:

  • Help your kids do in a variety of age-appropriate activities.
  • Set a regular schedule for physical activity.
  • Make being active a part of daily life, like taking the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Embrace a healthier lifestyle yourself, so you’ll be a positive role model for your family.
  • Be active together as a family.
  • Keep it fun, so your kids will come back for more.

REDS Fitness, Stockton Heath, Warrington has been set up to provide free fitness classes for children that are designed to be fun, informative, and at the same time educational. Every child is different and we aim to make fitness accessible and fun for all. Why not check out the link below and see what we do and if you’re interested get in touch.

Reds Fitness