But what happens when your kid's favorite sport is in the offseason--or they don't want to participate in organized sports to begin with?
Well, just like an adult, it's time to hit the gym for a group fitness class. But we're not talking about the same classes you take. Many youth fitness program developers are designing modules that not only honor the CDC recommendations, but the interests of the kids taking the classes.
Born to Move from Les Mills1 of 5
From the creators of popular programs BodyPump and BodyCombat (among others), Les Mills' Born to Move injects fun and movement into this group fitness class for children. The program is modified for kids as young as 2 years old and up to 16. For the littlest ones, instructions are sung and there is plenty of interaction as the kids jump, stomp and "travel the world." Teens will learn new dance moves, work out some angst as they learn boxing and unwind with yoga. All kids will love the chance to get out some energy with friends while listening to fun music.
Zumba for Kids2 of 5
What kid doesn't like to party? Zumba Kids brings that fun atmosphere to the gym with safe dance moves for children ages 7 to 11. The choreography is based on Zumba original dances, but made kid-friendly. According to Zumba, "classes incorporate key childhood development elements like leadership, respect, teamwork, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination and cultural awareness." For younger kids, there's Zumba Kids Jr., and for moms and babies, there's Zumbini.
CrossFit for Kids3 of 5
There's no denying the popularity of CrossFit, but the fitness modality that's often equated with weighted barbells and explosive moves may not seem like a great fit for kids at first glance. However, it has been adapted to teach youth ages 3 to 18 good movement through proper mechanics and intensity. It's the perfect solution for kids looking to improve athletic performance or just wanting to have fun. After all, what kid doesn't like a good relay race and jumping off things (let's be honest, better a box in a gym than the living room couch). With more than 1,800 CrossFit gyms across the country, you're sure to find a gym where you and your kid can get fit.
Kids' Holy Yoga4 of 5
A combination of practice and prayer, Kids' Holy Yoga has classes for kids from birth to 18. The youngest will learn through play, movement, fun and games while teens will learn about the importance of yoga postures and breath. More traditional yoga studios often offer classes for kids, too. Parents might find their kids will show increased attention, focus, coordination and strength after a little practice. What's not to like about that?