is very excited about having your child participate
in our fitness classes. We want to make sure that your child starts early
in developing a healthy lifestyle.
of having a healthy lifestyle is bringing nutrition and exercise into your
child's daily routine.
are some tips to help accomplish this goal:
HEALTHY FOOD HABITS
LET KIDS EAT IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION
Kids are more likely to overeat if they are distracted by the
Regular meal times are an important part of a healthy diet. If
you skip meals, you might overeat at the next meal.
A VARIETY OF FOODS
Vegetables, Fruits, low fat dairy, lean meats and fish should
be the majority. Eat only small amounts of fats like margarine,
butter, mayonnaise and salad dressing.
Sweets and junk food are okay sometimes but fruit, sugar free
and low fat snacks are better. Regular snacking on chips, cookies,
candy and ice cream can cause weight gain.
Encourage children to eat only when they are hungry and to eat
slowly, this also prevents overeating.
LOTS OF WATER
Drink eight glasses of water a day. Certain drinks such as soda
and sports drinks should be avoided due to their high sugar content.
· A total of 30 minutes of active play and physical activity every
day is recommended.
· Limit television, video games and computer time to less than two
hours a day.
· Plan family activities that provide everyone with exercise and enjoyment.
· Play with a jump rope, ball, hula-hoop, or scarves to move and be
· Go for a walk. Take turns picking a tree or a light post and jog,
run, skip and gallop to it.
· Have your child help do household chores such as vacuuming, raking
leaves, sweeping the sidewalk, or anything involving movement.
EASY IDEAS TO GET FIT
Watching TV after dinner
A birthday party with little movement
Relaxing by the pool or beach
Take a walk
A Kidzercise party
Water, juice or low fat milk
Ride your bike, play with friends
Go for a long swim
Frozen Yogurt, or water ice
HEALTHY TIPS- SLEEP & REST
Kids sleep better with a low level of light (nightlights are OK)
THE SODA AT SUPPER
No high caffeine drinks 3 hours before bedtime.
Radios and TV's should be off when kids are trying to sleep
PILLOWS TO A MINIMUM
Too many pillows can hurt posture
* 8 HOURS
Kids need their rest