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Does Your Child Get Exercise After School Hours?

Trendy gyms are offering more classes and sessions for tots while families are trying to make fitness fun by enrolling kids in the classes or buying child-size equipment for a more serious workout. While it may seem like a drastic move (or simply a fitness fad), there are tangible reasons why it's a good one — least one out of five kids is overweight and the number of overweight children continues to grow. Does your child get daily exercise outside of school hours and PE class?


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g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
YES, (How else would I get her to bed at night, ha ha!) we play in the backyard... Or if the mosquitos are bad or if it's raining, too hot or cold/whatever.. we run back and forth in the house. Our living room is huge, so we can run back and forth like we play tag on the walls. She'll be 3 at the end of April and I'm going to put her in dance classes then. I think she'll LOVE it.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
My two oldest still have both PE and recess in school. My youngest has recess at preschool. Both my girls take dane. My boy wants to take karate, but we haven't been able to do that yet due to his illnesses.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
mine swim an hour a day m-f and have dive team twice a week for another hour. it makes such a difference in their focus for other areas of their life when they have an organized sports program. otherwise they're bouncing off the walls.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Right now he's in Soccer, then it will be basketball and onto baseball. He's nearly in sports year around. He's so busy he almost needs his own smartphone to keep up with it all ;-)
jessie jessie 9 years
as of now my kids aren't in any activites....but they do get shooed out the door by me to go ride bikes, play tag, toss a ball....
Mommy-of-Three Mommy-of-Three 9 years
My sons are in soccer, both outdoor in summer and indoor in the winter. Besides that we have a backyard to play in and they love riding bikes. Winter makes it more difficult to be outdoors but we do plenty of active things inside. Plus, sledding and shoveling are exercise.
Baluk Baluk 9 years
I'm with Mykie, I'd have to say yes to the first two. My children are outdoors everyday running and playing and if for some reason (bad weather) they aren't they make up for it by running around the house! I also have them in organized activities, swimming and hockey.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
My oldest is in karate twice a week, other than that they have no "formal" exercise. However, they're outside a huge portion of the day, running, playing, and getting plenty of activity.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
I really needed to mark the first two of them. LOL My oldest plays hockey, and even when it's not Hockey season he's out on his roller blades every single day. I think the kid would live in a house on top of the ice rink if I'd let him. LOL My youngest however doesn't play sports, he's kind of like I was, an artsy kid. So for him I have to make him put down the crayons or video game or computer and go outside or he would NEVER get any exercise.
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