5NEWS Fit: Gyms for Kids

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You know childhood obesity is a problem in the US, but do parents need a gym membership for their kids to lose weight?

Apparently so and more and more Kid Gyms are opening up. These Baby Boot camps may be a good fit for you and your family on 5NEWS Fit.

It’s a predictable New Years Resolution to lose weight. But that’s at thirty. Not at three. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Childhood Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. That’s why more and more gyms for kids are sprouting up.

Thomas Hobby, owner of My Gym Children's Fitness Center in Arvada, Colorado says,  "The concept is to keep kids active. We are trying to instill an active lifestyle at an early age." Hobby claims kids can start working out as early as six weeks of age. That’s 42 days old.

"They need their muscles stretched out. They need to learn to use those muscles and develop them so they can start crawling and walking," Hobby explains.

The average age of members at the Arvada location is about 2 years old. There are activities like ladder climbing, hanging, and of course the big ball box, which is fun for kids. That’s the secret says Hobby, "It is a lot of fun activities, but we try to teach the why behind what we’re doing."

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1 Comment

  • we'vehadit

    Kids do not need a gym, they need parents to just say no to video games! As children we couldn’t wait to get outside and play or ride bikes all day long. Now, they can’t wait to plop their butts in front of the tv or computer to play games. Just sitting not only causes obesity, it also causes circulatory problems which can lead to heart problems. Come people, you are the parent, you set the rules not the child. Let them have the video games…1 hour for every 2 hours of physical activity( running, swimming, biking,hiking,playing tag, climbing trees etc.etc.) you will have much healthier kids and save ridiculous gym fees.

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