I have a 5-year-old son. Is he too young to start exercising?
Encouraging your child to be physically active is important at
any age. In fact, kids who are active at a young age tend to stay
active later in life - and they have a lower risk of becoming obese
or developing heart disease.
At 5 years old, your child's exercise will most likely come
from playing - running, playing tag, or kicking a ball around, for
example. So make sure he gets plenty of time outside, away from the
TV. And join in as much as possible. Not only will both of you
enjoy the time spent together, but he'll also benefit from the
active example you set.
For more information, check out these articles:
Fitness and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old
How Much Exercise Is Too Much?
Kids and Exercise
Motivating School-Age Kids to Be Active
Should I Start My Child on an Exercise Program?
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: January 2007
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