But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school, during recess, at dance class or soccer practice, while riding bikes, or when playing tag.
Kids exercise all the time without even thinking of it. Just being active, like when you run around outside or play kickball at school, is a kind of exercise. What else counts as exercise? Playing sports, dancing, doing push-ups, and even reaching down to touch your toes.
Steve Ettinger: I was working as a behavior therapist in elementary and pre-schools and saw firsthand how inactive kids have become. At the same time, there weren't any books that I liked that addressed the topic of exercise for kids. Since my background is in fitness and psychology, I decided to combine my two interests to write Wallie Exercises. My intention was to create something that could teach kids about exercise without hitting them over the head with the information.
Since you are conscientious about ensuring your kids receive exercise, what are you doing to model an active lifestyle? Little things like parking farther away from a destination in order to walk; taking the stairs instead of an elevator/escalator, and walking or riding bikes to visit friends/have play dates are all visible examples to your children of the importance you place on staying active.
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