Kids and physical fitness

Should Physical fitness start early

Physical fitness is something that, unfortunately, may tend to go on to the back burner for some adults due to numerous responsibilities at work and at home. No excuse – but this is true for a lot of us.

What I wanted to take up here was the need to inculcate a formal physical fitness routine for kids. Yes, kids are naturally active and have their share of running around and action during the course of the day. However, in some cases, genetics can play a role in some kids inheriting larger body-frames than their peers. Diet too plays an important role. Therefore, back to my main question – how necessary is it to have a formal physical fitness program?

The pediatricians do recommend some form of physical activity for 30 minutes – especially if the child is on the larger side – such as running, cycling, swimming, sports, etc.

My questions are:

What is the right age to start?

What is the ideal combination of activities?

Can the kids be introduced to gymnasiums and when?

I am aware that strength training is a no–no till the age of 16, but what about cardio workouts?

Many schools in different part of the world have sports and gym classes. Where can one access the rationale and age-appropriate activity information?