In the Bay Area, some parents are signing kids as young as three up for personal training sessions at the gym. (Maybe that’s what this kid did.) Though we can all agree that exercise is a good thing, is having kids work out just like their parents a bit much?
It’s probably no surprise that these kids classes cost a pretty penny too — $75 an hour for one-on-one sessions. But the motivations vary on the parent. Some are willing to pay any amount to make sure their child doesn’t become overweight; others are interested in giving their child a head start on competitive team sports. Sometimes it’s even just to boost a child’s self-esteem. One erroneous motive is the belief that exercise indoors is safer than playing outside.
While I’m a bit skeptical about getting kids to the gym at such a young age, it’s hard to poo-poo the idea of nurturing a habit of exercise early on. Especially now that gym programs are being cut at schools and obesity rates are rising drastically, doesn’t it make sense to do everything possible to keep our kids healthy?
Would you sign your toddler up for personal training?