Children who have active parents tend to be active themselves. The pleasure found in moving is more likely to continue into adulthood. Even though it is not always easy to make time for physical activity in a busy adult schedule, do it for yourself and for your children!
Overprotecting children by restricting their activity is more harmful to their health than the risks to which they are exposed by playing independently with proper supervision. In short, let them play!
The Running Clinic offers several running programs for youth and children 5 years or younger. These programs are gradual and children can monitor their progress by checking the success box beside each training exercise. You can pin them on your fridge and watch your child’s progress. *Structured programs are for illustrative purposes only. Prominently displayed, these are a constant reminder to go play outside!
TV Screens: A New Way to Move?
The amount of time spent in front of a television screen is directly linked to health problems like obesity. It also leaves less timefor physical activity. Researchers are currentlystudying the potential benefits of video games that encourage children to move in front of their screens. Keep an eye out for the results.
Beyond running !
For young children, having a variety of play and learning activities is better for developing fundamental aptitudes than the actual practice of the sport. Early specialization and intensive sports training are often counter-productive. While striving to foster a fun and enjoyable environment for children, why not add some variety (balls, jumping, running backwards, fun quizzes, etc.) to their running routine?
Inspiring young runners!
This viral video shows eight-year-old Bailey Matthews, who suffers from cerebral palsy, crossing the finish line of a triathlon. A shining example of perseverance, he finishes the race without his walker. Be warned: this touching achievement is sure to bring tears to your eyes!
This second video, another touching example of great perseverance, is proof that running is an accessible form of exercise. Everyone can run and have fun while respecting their body. The welcome that this young boy receives is a beautiful thing.