Fitness and physical education have been overlooked and ignored with respect to the autism population. Many children with ASD experience deficits and complications with gross motor abilities and completion of daily life activities due to physical weaknesses and imbalances. Through integrated physical fitness programs, children with autism and related disorders can develop not only physical abilities, but self-initiative, self-esteem, and socialization skills as well. Exercise and fitness are a gateway towards optimal development in a variety of important life skills. Fitness is part of a long-term strategy for a happy, fulfilling life.