What age can I start my kids running?

They are too little now but i want to be prepared for it.

15 messages
23/10/2012 at 18:29

I was wondering what age I can get my kids in to running. Any advice appreciated.

M...eldy    pirate
23/10/2012 at 18:32

Dont all kids run?    Does it need to be scientific ?

23/10/2012 at 18:37

Didn't think I would have to explain this but.. 

I am talking about them running specifically to get better at running. Not just to transport themselves from a to b. 

M...eldy    pirate
23/10/2012 at 18:53

I knew what you were asking and my response is still the same really ....Joining a club would be first port of call I suspect and ages may be determined there

23/10/2012 at 18:57

Good point re the club. I will ask around locally. Thanks.

23/10/2012 at 19:27

I would say, only when and if they ask to. Then look at clubs/school clubs etc. If they don't want to, don't try to get them to just because you do it.

23/10/2012 at 19:43
Have a look at kidsrunfree.co.UK
25/10/2012 at 11:34

For smaller kids, I would do it through games not through specific running - bull dog, "it", stuck in the mud, rounders etc... Is more important that are fit and healthy and getting outside than enjoy any one sport or activity at the moment.

My junior club started at 8, but the parents had to stay and it was a mix of all athletics events. They couldn't join the endurance group until their 11th birthday, and would be eased in very gently.

26/10/2012 at 10:49

our local parkrun has kids there as young as 5

26/10/2012 at 11:57

Err, I take my 5 year old to the shops and back (2/3 of a mile). It leaves him a bit puffed out, but less hyper for the evening!!

26/10/2012 at 12:58

I would definitely agree with mathschick.   Wait until they ask, otherwise you risk putting them off.

I hated running when I was a kid.

26/10/2012 at 18:52

Umm... having 2 youngsters who love to run and am a club runner myself I think I may be in a position to answer this.

My daughter is 8, going on 9 and in year 4.  She's built like an athelete and comes along to my club training sessions each week whenever they're appropriate ( light evenings, she's in my sight, off the main road,  etc.).  She has recently twice been to Sunday morning sessions run by Reading Junior A/C in prep for March when the A/C starts again.  She will then go every other week throughout the season (Mar-Sept) for fun and have a break during the winter months until she's in year 5 again during Mar - Sept.

Last night my 6 year old son came to training as the session was appropriate (flat ground, in my sight, lights etc.).  I told him to run on the grass when possible, instructed him to relax, stop clenching fists, lower shoulders, stop looking around him, when to stand with the coach, etc.  It was his first session and he LOVED it!!!!

My two children are both very energetic and to them it's natural that mum loves running and goes out frequently.  For my children I have never connected running with staying slim but with being fit and healthy.  It's something you can easily nurture within children whether it be taking them to a training session with you or just a quick run around the block when you come back from running.

26/10/2012 at 23:53

Just wondering but why did you hate running as a kid Wilkie?


27/10/2012 at 09:06
I'm only 15 now, but I started running when I was about 10 in my school athletic club, I loved it and went every week until I left primary school. I think someone as young as 8 might prefer athletics instead of very long runs since it's not as hard on them and they might like joining in on random events like long jump etc..
30/10/2012 at 13:20

during the olympics my 6 year old asked about doing it but the local club do not take them until they are 8.

I have gotten into the routine of when I get back home after a long weekend run I pick him up and go for an extra trot round the block he likes it. I always find the looks people give funny when I am there drenched in sweat and knackered and he is next to me fresh legged and talking away. It is a good cool down for me though.

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