Turnersville, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) August 31, 2019 - For many families, the new school year signals a return not just to the classroom, but also to busy schedules managing school, childcare, after-school activities, homework, and family time. Local child development expert Mitchell Kantrowitz, owner of The Little Gym of Washington Township, understands that balancing their kids health with the demands of a new school year is a challenge, but reminds parents and caregivers that, as adults, they know the value of staying physically fit and active.
Its important to make regular physical activity a part of every childs schedule, said The Little Gym of Washington Township owner Mitchell Kantrowitz. The benefits of keeping children active can include changes in their physical, emotional, and cognitive learning abilities.
When it comes to exercise for kids, research has shown time after time that physical activity stimulates the brain and boosts cognitive development. Along with school, homework, and extracurricular activity, physical activity needs to be a daily focus to help your child grow, develop, and succeed. The Centers for Disease Control* recommends that all young people from ages 6 to 17 years engage in 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. Additionally, a review published by the American Academy of Pediatrics** of 26 studies involving more than 10,000 children ages 4 to 13 years concluded that incorporating physical activity into a childs school day improves both classroom behavior and achievement in all academic subjects.
The team at The Little Gym has found that the key to encouraging children to get active is to make it fun. Incorporating play into a childs fitness routine encourages them to look at exercise as an essential source of recreation; rather than a chore or working out, it instead becomes a chance to have fun and play with their friends. While activities such as going to a child-centric gym, riding a bike or playing at a local park are masked as fun, the cardiovascular, strength, and stretching exercises help children to build strong bodies and minds. Programs at The Little Gym of Washington Township combine physical development routines with activities that promote things like sharing, listening, concentration, and decision making. As a result, children learn critical life skills in a fun and lively environment that provides a different context for learning one that complements and enhances the traditional school experience, even before kids are school aged. Adhering to the concept of a Springboard to Lifes Adventures, The Little Gym designs their child development program for all ages and stages, helping children develop the emotional and physical confidence to take on new adventures in sports, academics, or the arts when they are ready.
We hope that parents who are looking for a safe and inspiring place for their children to direct their energy, build confidence, and cultivate flexibility and focus will consider The Little Gym of Washington Township, said Kantrowitz. Our experienced and dedicated staff is committed to fostering a sense of personal involvement, success, and confidence that will keep your child interested in a healthy, active lifestyle, not just for a season during their childhood, but for a lifetime.
The Little Gym of Washington Township, located at 5501 rt 42 south, is now enrolling students for the 2019-2020 Season. For more information, please contact owner Mitchell Kantrowitz at 856-228-2818 visit them at www.thelittlegym.com/WashingtonTownshipNJ, or go to www.TheLittleGym.com.
About The Little Gym
The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The very first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children. The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today, The Little Gym International has over 400 locations in 32 countries including the U.S., Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Thailand and more. The franchise has been awarded various accolades, including being ranked 118 on the Entrepreneur's 2019 Franchise 500 list. For more information, visit The Little Gym at www.TheLittleGym.com.
published Gloucestercitynews.net | August 31, 2019