When it comes to kids exercising, everyone on up to the FLOTUS is in agreement that more movement at a young age is a good thing. But while traditionally kids' exercise has happened on fields, in school gyms and in backyards, there's been more and more talk of kids in the gyms of the adult world. And a new study indicates that an exercise routine of plyometrics can improve running and jumping technique for sports in kids ages five to 14.
I didn't get much exercise as a kid, mostly because I didn't enjoy the competitive element of team sports (nor did I much enjoy being very, very bad at them). While I agree that there should be a physical outlet for those who shy away from bats and balls, kiddie ellipticals don't seem like the solution. When you're young and you have that much energy -- not to mention imagination -- I believe you shouldn't be confined to sets of the same boring movement over and over again.