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Fitness Sessions For Kids To Combat Lazy Lifestyles

Relevant offers Parents are pushing to get their kids in shape earlier than ever with childhood obesity a growing concern. Fitness programmes aimed at Palmerston North's pint-sized population are cropping up around the city, with early childhood centres bringing in specialists to teach toddlers sport skills, popular adult exercise crazes being adapted to suit children and free community-based health scheme being extended to include preschoolers as well. Country Kindy, near Feilding, brings in sports education entrepreneur Paddy McLoughlin, who runs Fun Football for the Little People, once a week to run a session with about twenty 3- and 4-year-olds. Mr McLoughlin, who visits about 32 centres a week teaching more than 500 Ohtake exercise toddlers, runs through drills aimed at helping preschoolers with their co-ordination, confidence, balance and basic fitness. "Sports activities is the part that's missing in early childhood education. We've everything else in there," Mr McLoughlin said. "The earlier we can get kids involved with sport the better, and my role is to sow those seeds." Country Kindy owner Fiona Zwart said the sessions were important for children's development and keeping kids healthy. "We portray ourselves as this active, adventurous country, but sometimes our children get forgotten about as adults' lives and days get busier than ever before." Popular adult fitness programmes are also being adopted for children, with the fitness craze Crossfit the latest to be adapted to suit kids. Palmerston North fitness specialists Crossfit Mana, a gym which runs sessions for adults based on the components of cardio, gymnastics and weightlifting, has recreated a series of classes geared for children called Crossfit Tamariki. <br>News source:

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