Your Child’s Friends Influence Levels of Physical Activity
Over the past few days, I have heard from several of our youngest members that they have a “Best Friend” at the gym. So many of our young members have become great friends and look forward to coming into the gym to play with one another. I am always so happy to see this happen because I know that when kids have friends at the gym it is easier for Mom and Dad to get their workout in!
Besides parents getting time to work out, there are many other benefits of having these “BFFs” for our young members. They expand on each others’ independence and social skills, along with their physical development. Having friends who exercise and participate in activities can influence other children to do the same. “Your child’s social circle is an important influence [on exercise]” – St. John, Caitlyn.
DHACs Downtown and Youth Center is the perfect place for your kids to start building these fit relationships! Keep it up Mom and Dad, while you are getting fit, your kids are getting fit too… with their friends!
– Michelle S, Kids Program and Ultimate Day Camp Director
• St. John, Caitlyn. “Why Your Child’s Friends Can Help Them Exercise More.”http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-news-now/2015/03/04/child-health/why-your-childs-friends-can-help-them-exercise-more/. Parents News Now. 4 March 2016.