America has faced, for a long time, the epidemic of a sedentary lifestyle–desk jobs, fast food, Netflix, and online services that keep you from going out. The results are pretty apparent and they’re not something we want for the next generation. So, what can we do to teach our kids to avoid this and prepare them to be confident, successful adults? A good place to start is their physical fitness and DX3 knows why it’s important to teach exercise habits to children and how to do it.
Good Health Leads to Good Everything Else
We all know that exercise is good for weight loss, energy, cardio, and other physical factors, but it’s also good for so much more. According to professors of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, vigorous exercise is believed to improve emotional stability, assertiveness, academic performance, and other aspects of mental health. Having experiences like beating your fastest time around the track or finally being able to walk across the balance beam in gymnastics class is empowering to kids and ups their confidence. The DX3 program gives kids and teens the opportunity for these kinds of experiences.
Relationships Beat YouTube
Why should parents invest the money and the time it takes to drive and drop kids off at the gym when they could just follow along with a video at home? A video can’t provide the relational support a child gets in a physical place with face-to-face interactions. The DX3 coaches are not just dedicated to training kids to exercise, but they create an environment of fun–every kid’s number one priority. These small, consistent interactions will cultivate relationships and those relationships turn into a positive, lasting impact on future adults.
If We Teach Them Now, They Won’t Forget
Ancient wisdom and modern science seem to suggest that principles and habits taught to children while they are young will stick with them for life. An article from Psychology Today says that habits, good or bad, learned at a young age are very unlikely to change. We need to make sure our young kids and teens are developing habits now rather than trying to later. Having a consistent place to go with people who are passionate about raising up the next generation will set your kids up for a lifetime of good, healthy habits.
For more information on how to get kids started with a life of healthy habits at our kids gym, contact us.