Giving Your Children a Healthy Start in the Queen City

South Charlotte Children’s Fitness

When we make smart food choices and participate in a healthy amount of physical activity, we feel better. It’s a simple equation, and it applies to children just the same. Healthy, active children are known to perform better academically, be less susceptible to peer pressure, and experience far fewer illnesses throughout childhood. While modern parents may not feel as comfortable as previous generations did with letting their children roam, there are still plenty of opportunities for the kids of today to exercise and play. We’re very fortunate to live in a city that is so supportive of the overall health and wellness of our little ones. Here are our top picks for children’s fitness in South Charlotte:

Launch Your Kid

Launch Your Kid offers a variety of options for burning off your little one’s boundless energy. Health-minded parents will love Fit-N-Play, especially. This well-rounded children’s fitness program incorporates fundamental health education with high-energy activity, teaching them about healthy food choices and the dangers of living a sedentary lifestyle. Fit-N-Play is open to preschool-aged children, starting at about 18 months.

Other year-round Launch Your Kid programs include Little Buddy Yoga and Daisy Dance, both starting at around 2 ½ to 3 years old. Summer camp programs remaining for the 2016 season include:

  • Princess Dance Camp or Musical Movers Session 1 – August 1st through August 5th
  • Move and Groove Camp Session 2 – August 8th through August 13th
  • Move and Groove Camp Session 3 – August 15th through August 19th
  • Musical Movers Session 2 – August 22nd through August 26th

Launch Your Kid camp fees are $195 per session. Visit LaunchYourKid.com to learn more.

My Gym South Park

This vibrant, high-energy kids’ fitness facility offers a variety of programs, serving children from about 2 months to 14 years of age. The staff is as friendly and welcoming as they come, playing and interacting with ease alongside the youngsters. My Gym offers an imaginative and enthusiastic environment that promotes healthy social skills, self-esteem, and physical fitness in a supportive and non-competitive way. Your only problem is going to be convincing your child that it’s time to go home! Visit MyGym.com/Charlotte to learn more.

Y2 Yoga

As parents, the idea of an hour-long asana sequence in a quiet room sounds like the ultimate retreat from the crazy hustle and bustle of our daily routines. Much to the surprise of nobody, though, our children simply do not agree. Kids are not miniature adults, and their fitness needs are entirely different from ours. Y2 Kids is the perfect answer. A children’s yoga program treats your child as a whole person, nourishing the imagination while still introducing the type of foundational yoga training that will serve them well for a lifetime.

Classes are available for children ages 6-11, three times per week:

  • Fridays at 4:20pm
  • Saturdays at 11:15am
  • Sundays at 2:00pm

Parents will also appreciate the Child Watch program offered by Y2 Yoga. Let the kiddos enjoy a bit of carefree play while you escape to the class of your choice. Visit Y2Yoga.com/childwatch to learn more.

Freedom Park

No matter your age, there’s simply no substitute for fresh air, sunshine, and a wide open space. Being trapped indoors for most of the day is an unfortunate byproduct of the modern lifestyle. As luck would have it, though, we live in what is easily one of the most beautiful regions of the United States. Make sure that your little ones have plenty of opportunities to enjoy it.

If outdoor play is what you’re looking for, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to Freedom Park. The park’s seemingly endless trails will lead you to 4 baseball fields, batting cages, 12 tennis courts, full basketball courts, 2 volleyball courts, and more. For children, the highlights include 2 playgrounds and an NFL Play60 Kidzone that is packed with state of the art play equipment, a one-of-a-kind obstacle course, and stations that feature recordings of Cam Newton’s positive message for kids who play there.

The early years are our chance to instill good habits and an active lifestyle before the challenges of adulthood set in. Charlotte is making it easy for us to give our children a healthy start.