In this age group, the kids’ leg muscles are still developing but generally, they should be comfortable with walking and running so basic sports should not pose too much of a problem for them. That said, children tend to tire out easily. Even a simple game of ‘Catch’ may already cause them to perspire and gasp for air. As a matter of fact, all that is needed for an effective workout with your kid is probably a ball and an open space. If however, you want your child to try out something different instead, then read on to find out.
Riding a bike
At some point in time, we will all be faced with a situation whereby knowing to ride a bicycle will come in handy. Most kids these days learn to ride a bike as early as 3 years old. However, the most ideal age to begin learning is from 4 to 7 years old, depending on the child’s aptitude and physique. Of course, training wheels are needed for beginners and we advise protective gears and helmet be worn for safety reasons.
The process of learning to ride a bike may vary, and it is usually accompanied by countless of falls. But it also hones the child’s unyielding spirit of not giving up. John F. Kennedy once said, “nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” Indeed, the day I managed to balance on a 2-wheeled locomotive was one of the proudest moments of my childhood.
Image source: iStock
This activity can be done indoors or outdoors. The best part of this exercise is that it requires a great deal of parental involvement. So, put your creative hats on and create your very own obstacle course at home or at a nearby park using whatever object you can get your hands on.
Be it your broom, pillow, toys, chairs, tables and even umbrella, you can customize your obstacle course however you want. It can be great fun for the whole family as you watch your children slalom through the various obstacles you set up. In addition, be sure to make them perform physical tasks in the midst of the obstacle course to achieve a full body workout!
Image source: File photo
Ballet helps create excellent postures in kids. It is also an art of expression that allows your child to be more appreciative of their own body movement. Granted, not every child will become famous ballerinas like Julie Kent or Anna Pavlova, but ballet will certainly help them acquire an air of confidence, grace and poise.
Image source: iStock
Martial arts entail a good body workout as well. In fact, of all the sports listed, this form of exercise probably has the most long-term benefits. Be it Karate, Judo, Taekwondo or Wushu, martial arts is a great way to instil discipline in your kids, not to mention acquiring a skill to defend themselves. Moreover, it is a huge confidence booster knowing that they possess the capacity to protect themselves and even their friends.