Making Fitness Fun for Kids

Make it fun and children will want to do it. That goes double for fitness. If you make fitness fun when your kids are young, they will be more likely to continue to be active for life. It’s never too soon to start.

According to the Office of the Surgeon General, studies indicate that overweight youth may never achieve a healthy weight, and up to 70% of obese teens may become obese adults.

The President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition recommends incorporating physical activity in your daily life – 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children – along with healthy eating to reap positive health benefits.

Participating in a fun run is a great way to introduce young family members to fitness. The Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas race is a great place to start. The event takes place in The Woodlands on May 7, 2016.

Stacey Smith is pictured with sons, Mason (9) and Logan (5) at the 2015 IRONKIDS Texas finish line.
Stacey Smith is pictured with sons, Mason (9) and Logan (5) at the 2015 Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas finish line.

Start a Family Fitness Tradition

For ages 3 to 14, the Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas Fun Run in The Woodlands is the largest event of its kind in the country.  Last year’s 1-mile run had nearly 500 participants.  Stacey Smith and her two young sons Mason (age 9) and Logan (age 5) participated in last year’s Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas Fun Run. “This was actually our first race.  I love to keep my boys active, and Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas was a great way to give them a taste of the IRONMAN experience,” says Stacey Smith.

“My boys loved running in the race, and they were so proud. Both of them wore their IRONKIDS shirts and medals to school the following Monday,” says Smith.  “They were nowhere near first place in the race, but I cried as they crossed the finish line; I was so proud of them.  It was a wonderful experience.”

The Smith family will be participating in the 2016 event.  “We are looking forward to participating again this year, and for many years to come,” adds Smith.  “We’re hoping to make this an annual family tradition.”

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Achieving a Sense of Accomplishment and More

All Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas participants receive an official race bib, a T-shirt, a finisher medal and swag bag plus lots of high-fives and chest bumps from their friends and family along with a great sense of accomplishment.  Ultimately, you are helping your kids to reinforce healthy behaviors for life.

For more tips or to register for Children’s Memorial Hermann IRONKIDS Texas on May 7, click here.

 

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