Let Kids Run
Running: A Great Exercise for Kids
Developing basic physical skills including running and jumping are one of the key elements in early childhood. Experts advise that these activities should be utilized in game play, which helps to develop a child’s movement skills. As the child grows, and depending upon what area a child shows particular interest, this too can be enhanced through exercise.
Considered to be a great cardiovascular exercise, running is one of the best physical activities for kids. At school, for example, some kids are not afforded the opportunity to work up to a full exercise routine due to time constraints. They may have 15 to 20 minutes of play in the schoolyard. However, running can be a family routine which engages the child to begin exercise at an early age.
Experts recommend beginning exercise regimens early so that a child will develop an interest in physical activity, which can only benefit them as they grow to adulthood. Toddlers love to run around the house. One can take that pent-up energy and mold it into a routine that will afford kids the opportunity to run in parks and playgrounds in order to work up to a cardiovascular exercise appropriate to their age.
Kids love to run. As small children, it is a fun activity as long as there aren’t races to win or goals to achieve. But as they grow older, they may view running as a sport in which they begin to set goals for themselves. As long as it is enjoyable for them, and they can set their own pace, running will become a natural physical activity they will engage in throughout their lives.
Experts advise that “children under the age of 14 should run no more than three miles at a time.” If you and your family are engaged in this exercise, allow the kids to begin slowly and run at their own pace. Since they are still growing, they are more vulnerable to injury.