Is Your Child Scared of Gym Class?

Physical education (P.E.) classes at school cause fear and anxiety formany children. If your child is nervous at gym time, follow these tips fromFitness for Health, a D.C.-area fitness facility for children, to helpyour child address anxieties and learn to manage anxious situations

  • Be proactive. Find out which sports and physical activities your childwill play in gym class, and practice ahead of time with your childso he won’t be as self-conscious when playing those games with peers atschool. 
  • If you are unable to practice with your child, register her at achildren’s gym for fitness or sports classes. Children’s gyms can be a funtransition into P.E. class, because the child can learn that fitness can beenjoyable.
  • Help your child laugh at herself. Playing with your child is a great timeto demonstrate how to make light of your personal, athletic weaknesses. 
  • Encourage your child to embrace a lifelong, healthy, activelifestyle. Give him the opportunity to try different activities, fromswimming to hiking to dance to flag football. 

 

It’sdifficult to watch your child suffer. But, P.E. can offer a teachable moment byallowing your child to learn to overcome difficult situations with grace anddetermination. A child won’t like every sport played in gym, but maybe he willfind a new physical activity that he will love into adulthood!

 

Tips provided by:

Fitness for Health

 

11140 Rockville Pike

Rockville MD 20852

301-231-7138

Online at www.fitnessforhealth.org

On Facebook at www.facebook.com/fitnessforhealthdc

Follow the blog at blog.fitnessforhealth.org

 

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