Youth fitness has received a lot of hype over the years, and for a good reason. It is far too easy to watch summer melt away from the couch while cartoons play or video games rule the day. However, kids need exercise for both their health and mental status. Children with too much energy pent up tend to act out or become lethargic and unhealthy. Luckily, Colorado Springs is full of activities to keep kids moving all summer long.
The little gym http://www.thelittlegym.com/coloradospringsco/pages/default.aspx is geared for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old and offers a variety of different activities. Kids can check out gymnastics, sports, dance and even karate through their programs, keeping them active while having fun. The City of Colorado Springs offers a variety of sports for kids from pre-k through high school. Children can enjoy soccer, football and baseball through their summer programs, just check out http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=2085 to find out how to sign up and get your kids involved in teamwork and sportsmanship.
The YMCA has always been known for offering kid-friendly activity to keep children active and entertained. Check out http://www.ppymca.org to find out about various activities including swimming lessons and sports that can keep your children off the couch and on the move. The Country Club of Colorado also offers a junior certificate program for children ages 12-15 to learn how to properly and safely use exercise equipment. You can visit http://www.ccofcolorado.com/fitness/junior/ to find out more about child geared spinning classes and personal instruction.
Even if none of these appeal to you, taking your kids to the park for a day of play and running is a great way to get them moving, and it’s free. Colorado Springs has many parks that offer huge play areas and vast fields of grass to keep your youngsters active with play. We are also lucky enough to be surrounded by mountains and forests that offer camping, hiking and other family opportunities to keep your kids going from dawn until dusk.
Put down the remote, throw on some comfortable shoes, and get your kids moving this summer with fun filled activities that are sure to make them smile. You’ll appreciate it too when all of that pent up energy is released outside and your children are sleeping soundly in their bed tonight. Not only will they release energy and have fun, but they’ll be well on their way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will benefit them for years to come.