Extra: Kids' fitness

10.06.2014. Photo: Contributed.  Fitness First children's classes

10.06.2014. Photo: Contributed. Fitness First children's classes

Fitness First Castle Hill has launched a new fitness program for children aged three to 12 years to learn about the importance of forming healthy habits and having fun with fitness.

Program director Jack East said the 45-minute classes incorporated fun moves and music with a blend of cardio, strength, dance, speed and relaxation exercises.

"We help to show kids how to move with purpose with a mix of self-expression and co-ordinated moves," he said.

"When fitness is in your kids' lives, they enjoy energy, confidence and focus long after the class is over."

Mr East said the program provided a comfortable environment for kids who might be intimidated at school physical education classes.

"Competitive games and sports can leave some children feeling uninterested and unwilling to participate," he said.

"Not every child needs a sport to play, but they do need to exercise."

Developed in consultation with the Sports Science Education Institute, the classes are divided into three age groups: three to five years, six to eight years and nine to 12 years.

■ From July 14 to 18 children can trial the class for free at Fitness First Castle Hill.

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