I have a 5-year-old son. Is he too young to start exercising?
Encouraging kids 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 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.
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: February 2010
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|Kids Sports Network This organization promotes quality nonschool sports and fitness for children between the ages of 3 and 19 through coaches, education, special events and activities, public awareness, and regular networking with youth sports organizations and agencies.|
|American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.|
|American Council on Exercise (ACE) ACE promotes active, healthy lifestyles by setting certification and education standards for fitness instructors and through ongoing public education about the importance of exercise.|
|Fitness and Your 2- to 3-Year-Old Kids who enjoy sports and exercise tend to stay active throughout their lives. And staying fit can help improve self-esteem and decrease the risk of serious illnesses later in life.|
|Fitness and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old Take advantage of your child's natural tendency to be active. Staying fit can help improve kids' self-esteem and decrease the risk of serious illnesses later in life.|
|Motivating Kids to Be Active Parents can help instill a love of activity and help kids make it a part of their everyday routine.|
|Motivating Preschoolers to Be Active A preschooler's desire to move, move, move makes this a great time to cultivate fitness habits that can last a lifetime.|
|Fitness for Kids Who Don't Like Sports Some kids aren't natural athletes and they may say they just don't like sports. What then?|
|Kids and Exercise Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.|
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