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September 14, 2017 06:19 PM

Hi 5 Fitness For Kids

Nearly one third of people ages two to 19 are considered overweight, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. With the extra weight comes health concerns such as sleep apnea, asthma and psychological problems.

Promoting a healthy lifestyle is important no matter how old you are, and Hi 5 Fitness is doing just that. The class is designed for children ages three to five-years-old and helps them learn to love exercise at an early age. Trainer Jennifer Olson with Sanford Wellness says it's never too early to teach healthy habits.

"So they come here, they get moving, they learn those healthy habits. And they're also learning that exercise is essentially play time. It doesn't have to be a chore everyday," Olson said. 

But the healthy lifestyle doesn't just end in here. Eating the right amount of food and getting the recommended amount of sleep is also important.

"We talk about what our favorite foods are, what we eat at home, what our favorite activities are," Olson said.

Olson added that with so many distractions at home, including TVs, tablets, and phones, children may be sitting more than they should. Because tearing your child away from those distracting devices can be tough, Olson's simple strategy is keeping children motivated by making fitness fun.  

"We do lots of tag, lots of obstacle courses, different stretches. And we always give them silly names like the banana or the scorpion, just something again to make it more fun," Olson said. 

That strategy is working. Bryant Polzin says when his children hit age three, the class was a no-brainer. Being able to get exercise with a bit of structure is just what he wanted for his children.

"It think it's been great, the kids love coming here. You know we get in the car in the morning and they want to come play exercise as they call it," Polzin said. 

Though he admits that, at times, his family falls into the habit of too much screen time, he says the class is great for encouraging kids and the entire family to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

"It's important to come here and see the adults exercising and with the teachers encouraging that," Polzin said. 

To find out how you can get your children signed up for Hi 5 Fitness, click here.

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