We’ve all heard our doctors stress the importance of healthy diet and exercise for ourselves, but exercise is equally (if not more) important for our young ones as they begin to develop new/first habits and create relationships with food and movement.
Fortunately for parents, young children are naturally drawn to exploring their ever-increasing ability to move and engage with their bodies. As opposed to many adults (I’m confident I’m not alone here) who have to work to muster up motivation to run, jump or squat, physical activity is an inherent desire for growing children. It is the caretaker’s responsibility to facilitate healthy and appropriate activities for children to exert themselves and develop good habits.
Healthy minds (cognitive) come from healthy bodies (physical), so helping to instill healthy habits from a young age is an important part of Rainbow’s Supporting the Whole Child educational approach. Rainbow creates ways to children to explore the three main elements of fitness (endurance, strength and flexibility) in age- and developmentally appropriate ways.
Rainbow’s Ready, Set, GROW! Fit Foundations enrichment program blends educational concepts that promote health and fitness to emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle in ways children can understand. By fostering a positive relationship with movement and exercise, children experience the benefits of muscle development, coordination and manipulative skills from an early age.
So don’t hesitate to let your little one run wild! (well, not too wild!)
By allowing them to enjoy the times they are “exercising,” you are allowing them to develop a positive relationship with the activity, and forming healthy habits they will carry with them for the rest of their lives!