Kids love to move. Running around and being active isn’t something they dread or begrudgingly try to make time for. It’s something fun that they love to do. So we’ve created a safe and vibrant environment for kids to experience activeness in the best possible way.
We offer loads of different activities for each age group, so if you’re looking for new ways to make being active fun for your kids, we’ve definitely got something for you.
It’s all about planting seeds for a lifetime of healthy habits
Regular exercise has loads of benefits:
- Strong muscles and bones.
- Weight control.
- Decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
- Better sleep.
- A better outlook on life.
- Helps kids stay academically motivated and alert.
How much exercise is enough?
School kids should participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. It doesn’t have to be continuous and can be broken up throughout the day. This time of play is a valuable part of a child’s development.
So, how do we get our kids to exercise?
Encouraging our kids to take part in sports at school is one great way of getting them to be active. Allow the kids to participate in a variety of activities until they have found their niche, where skill and talent meet fun. Don’t forget: as the volume and duration of exercise increases, nutrition and hydration start playing a larger role in making sure your child stays healthy – so if they get a bit too caught up in having fun, remember to pack in a water bottle or that extra fruit in the lunch box.
There’s something for all kids at Virgin Active
0-7 year olds
Club-V – a fee-based facility where younger kids can take part in fun-filled, supervised activities. Our staff are fully trained in early childhood development and they have paediatric first aid training so little explorers are in incredibly capable hands.
Club-V Holiday Camps –beat holiday boredom with supervised arts and crafts, games and group exercises classes.
Swimming – little ones can learn to swim with qualified coaches who will teach them water safety, swimming and breathing techniques in one-on-one lessons or as a swim squad. There’s fun to be had at the leisure pools.
8-13 year olds
Club- V Max – a fee-based facility where kids can enjoy age specific group fitness activities geared towards developing motor skills and co-ordination. They can also enjoy arts and crafts and interactive games.
Group exercise classes – tweens are welcome to join certain classes (Move, Move Lite, Zumba, Groove, Twentyfour Family, Kick, and Hip Hop).
Kaos - a special exercise class for 8-13 year olds that is sports-based and involves ball skills, cardio fitness, core muscle development exercises and obstacle courses.
Gym equipment – tweens can hop on indoor cycles, steppers, rowing machines, elliptical trainers and can use the stretch area.
Swimming – tweens can train with qualified coaches who will teach them water safety, swimming and breathing techniques in one-on-one lessons or as a swim squad. There’s fun to be had at the leisure pools.
Internet stations –tweens can surf the web at our internet stations.
14-17 year olds
Teens may use most facilities at the gym:
Training floor – cardio, strength, free weights and functional equipment (Power-plate® is only available to over 16s)
- Squash courts
- Swimming pools
- Sauna and steam room
- Internet Stations and free Wi-Fi
For all kids and parents many of our clubs have in house Kauai’s where tasty and healthy snacks and meals can be enjoyed.
Please remember: All children under the age of 14 need to supervised or accompanied by an adult (except when checked into Club-Club-V Max or Kaos classes)
Active parents, active kids?
Set an example. Go to gym with your kids. Live the lifestyle you hope they’ll live one day. Chat to a Virgin Active staff member today about signing your kids up, or for more info visit virginactive.co.za