Why Kids Need to Start Exercising– Now!

A mother and her cute little girl are stretching together during a yoga class - they are reaching their arms overhead and are stretching to their toes. They are wearing matching athletic clothing and are smiling and looking at the camera.

Kids mimic everything their parents do, and that means they also mimic how – or if – they exercise, a pattern that can establish a path towards living a healthy or unhealthy life that can last their entire lives.

Let’s take a look at some compelling statistics:

First, the facts:

The good news

Start kids early

Armed with more options and resources than ever before,  more parents are exercising with their kids from the moment they are born: stroller runs and walks, mommy and me yoga classes, swimming lessons, and just playing hide and seek with your toddler are fun ways to build good exercise habits that will last a lifetime.

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As your child grows, encourage her to participate in a soccer league or a dance class and get involved with the activities she likes best; lobby her school to be sure some form of exercise is part of the daily curriculum; and plan family vacations that involve fun, physical activities from surfing to nature hikes.

We think that establishing healthy exercise habits at an early age is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. Making long-term lifestyle changes is exceedingly difficult, and is much easier if the need for these changes never develops!

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[1] Spafinder Wellness, 2016 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Report, “Parenting Well,”  December 2016.

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Physical Activity Facts,”

[3] The Telegraph, “Children ‘becoming hunchbacks’ due to addiction to smart phones.” October 2015.

[4] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Physical Activity Facts,”

[5] Time magazine, “Let the Kids Play,” July 3, 2012.