New kids classes starting this month! 

Our children are our future—and understanding and supporting their natural love for physical activity will help lead them to a lifetime of happy and healthy living. 

If we start to teach them how to include exercise into their lives from an early age we are giving our children the ability to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives! 

Among the many benefits of exercise are physical fitness, confidence and stronger self-esteem, more energy, better memory, and simply a good feeling about themselves. 

At JM Fitness we are concerned about the growing problem of childhood obesity and the lack of exercise in their lives. Whether this obesity and inactivity is caused by the popularity of video games/social media or the declining hours of physical education in schools - the worrying statistics need to be a wake-up call for everyone. 

There are ways of changing this growing trend and helping your children to enjoy daily exercise and outdoor activities, which they love given the opportunity, so with the growing number of our members children expressing an interest in the gym, we have decided to start kids classes that will commence from January 27th. 

There will be two after school classes to begin with that will provide an introduction to the mechanics behind strength and conditioning of the body from 4 year plus with an emphasis on getting kids moving and enjoying being active on a Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm and Saturday morning at 9:30 for 45 minutes. These sessions will run in blocks of 5 and will cost £5 a session. 

We will also be running one pre-school session on a Tuesday at 12:15 for 45 minutes on the same payment and booking basis as above. 

Booking is absolutely essential so if you or you know someone who is interested, please email Nina at nina@jmfitnesschewvalley.com as places are strictly limited and will be on a first come first served basis. 

To emphasise the importance of exercise for children, below are some of the health benefits an active child can expect. 

Long-term health benefits of exercise are:

A stronger immune system! The body’s ability to fight disease is improved. Children are less prone to colds, allergies, and diseases, including cancer.

A reduction of type 2 diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity and improving carbohydrate metabolism.

A lower blood pressure and an improvement of the child’s cholesterol profile.

A strengthening of the entire cardiovascular system, including the heart and lungs. The heart develops a higher “pump-activity” while the child’s heart and lungs are strengthened, supporting the prevention of heart disease.

Children are less likely to become overweight and will have better control of their body fat. Overweight children are able to reduce their body weight and body fat due to the physiological effect of burning fat while exercising.

Children develop stronger bone structure and muscle structure.

Active children enjoy additional health benefits, because:

Exercise increases the blood flow to all body tissues, including the brain. Greater blood flow transports more oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells.

Active children improve their body’s ability to absorb oxygen through aerobic exercise. Due to the increased oxygen in their body’s cells they feel more energized. More oxygen translates into more energy!

Increased blood flow promotes the body’s transportation of the byproducts of metabolism and toxins back from the cells for elimination, recycling, or further use elsewhere. Children who exercise feel fitter and more energized because of their body’s ability to detoxify.

Active children breathe better and sweat more. Breathing and sweating are great ways to detoxify the body and help it keep itself “clean.”

Children increase their over-all fitness through exercise

Exercise Improves Mental Health

Exercise enhances the brain’s metabolism. Studies show that active children have improved memory as a result of better brain function.

Moderate, fun-oriented exercise literally burns off excess harmful hormones and, at the same time, increases the release of beneficial ones. One of the beneficial hormones acts as neurotransmitter for establishing new memories.

Active children have the ability to concentrate much better, even at the end of a long school day.

Studies report that exercise decreases anxiety, reduces depression, and improves mood and outlook in children. In addition, their quality of sleep is improved.

Perhaps most importantly, physical activity develops children’s self-esteem and confidence. Their ability to overcome challenging situations improves and they simply enjoy a better outlook on life. In addition, our adolescent children can develop further social skills such as leadership and empathy.

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