A great article in the Denver Post this week explains the importance of exercise for kids. Here's a nifty snippet:
"Children are kinetic beings who love to move. While it might look like child's play, turning somersaults and playing tag involves the whole brain. 'Play is thinking time for young children. It is language time. Problem-solving time. It is memory time, planning time, investigating time,' writes child-development specialist James L. Hymes in 'Teaching the Child Under Six.' 'It is organization-of-ideas time, when the young child uses his mind and body and his social skills and all his powers in response to the stimuli he has met.'"
What I liked most about the article is how it explains the best exercises and play activities appropriate for each age group. For example, I was surprised to learn that "Healthy, full-term infants can start swimming as young as 6 months old, with parental supervision." (Did they really have to specify "with parental supervision"? I would hope that would be obvious...)