Parents and educators are looking for new ways to help children become active physically. They want to engage children in fun and rewarding exercise that will become a lifelong habit. They know that physical activity has a tremendous impact on a child's physical, intellectual, and emotional development.
On a recent segment of the "Today Show", CBS brought in Fitness Expert Minna Lessig to educate and demonstrate exercises for preschoolers. She advises that children are never too young to learn good exercise habits and has recommended activities to involve children. Watch this segment at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/05/30/earlyshow/contributors/minnalessig/main510635.shtml
"The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recently issued exercise guidelines recommending that everyone from babies, to toddlers, to preschoolers set aside time for physical activity.
Infants need daily activity and should not be confined to a small play space. Infants should be encouraged to sit, stand, and walk. Toddlers should have 30 minutes a day of adult-guided activity such as dancing or chasing a ball. Preschoolers (ages 3-5) need at least an hour.
The key to getting kids to exercise is capturing their imagination so that its fun for them to participate. Since most children have short attention spans, a kid’s fitness workout should be almost circuit training style, moving quickly from one activity to the next so that they don't get bored.
Have fun and PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!!