|Jungle gyms always gave me gas.|
It may not have been a conscious decision to try and stay healthy, but these activities always led to such a lifestyle. Why is it then, that it seems like kids these days don't take advantage of life's free outdoor activities like you and I did growing up? Sure, I had Nintendo (the original one of course), but that was often played in the evening and my time on it was usually limited by my parents. It's my strong opinion that kids nowadays need to get out of the house and be more active. These statements are probably making me sound like a grownup, but as I creep into the age of adulthood and parenthood, this topic has become ever-present.
|Charlie Cooke Soccer School|
|Kids First Sports Center - Cincinnati, OH|
|GetYourKidsOffTheCoach.com - Kids Fitness Directory Website|
Brian Foster, founder of Get Your Kids Off The Couch website, describes the site,
"We are making it easier to find the right activities for your child in your area. Trying to use the internet to find Gymnastics Clubs, Music Lessons, Dance Studios, Tutoring Centers, Karate and Martial Arts Programs can sometimes become a cumbersome process online. Our www.GetYourKidsOffTheCouch.com program eliminates the difficulty in finding the best activities for your kids by placing them in one central location on the web and allows you to narrow your search results by zip code. Kids being involved in activities are so important and want it to be easy as possible to find the right activities for your child. We don't want your kids to miss out."The site is as colorful as it is useful, and not only can you locate a facility near you, but you can also learn more basic information about the above activities. Check it out!
|Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center - Clarkston, MI|
Business partner Cassie Davis states,
"At Stars & Stripes our goal is to provide children's educational programs through physical activity that far exceed the norm. Our programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of the children. We offer recreational gymnastics, competitive gymnastics, competitive cheer and our newest edition, Camp Kids, which is our summer camp program. We have been in business nearly nine years and strive to maintain a standard of innovation and excellence. Our mission has always been to build self-esteem, strength and dreams. We provide a safe and kind training environment where the child comes first."Whether you're looking at a facility where your kids can play/train or are content with a sports team, neighborhood activities and visits to the park, please make sure your children get the fitness, nutrition, creative and social engagement necessary to lead successful healthy lives.
Do you have any good or bad experiences with a kids sports activity based facility? Suggestions for our readers on how to promote an active lifestyle for their children? I'd love to hear your comments or suggestions on this topic!
Side Note: I'm sitting here watching Christie's (my wife) belly literally move from baby kicks (or punches). How amazing! Sometimes my stomach feels like something is moving inside, but that's probably just gas. This is one of the most REAL experiences to date!