Healthy Habits

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

January 9, 2007

The Little Gym here in Charlottesville, is a gym for kids ages 12 months to 12-years-old, but we're not talking about treadmills and free weights. This gym uses gymnastics to develop motor skills and exercise habits.

“Motor skill development made fun builds confidence that leads to a life time of success,” said Gym Director, Cecily Reynolds.

Experts advise parents to make resolutions for the entire family and their behavior is a model for the child.

“If a child sees a parent exhibiting a healthy attributes their going to model that. Likewise, if they see them sedentary talking bad about ‘oh I don't want to be on the treadmill or whatever,’ that's their concept as well,” added Reynolds.

A UVa Nurse Practitioner said gym membership isn’t always necessary. You and your child can be active at home.

“All you need is an imagination and a pair of sneakers. I totally subscribe in doing exercise that doesn't cost anything that's for the rest of your life,” said Susan Cluett, UVa Nurse Practitioner.

The gym said they've seen an increase of sign-ups over the past couple years and was just rated the number one fortune 500 for kid’s fitness.

More than 800-children attend The Little Gym each week.

If you want to sign your child up for the next session, call 434-975-5437 or stop by The Little Gym, off Rt. 29 on 907 Gardens Blvd.

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