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EXERCISE TIPS FOR KIDS AND TEEN
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents should participate in at least 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily (1). However, less than 24% of children ages 6-17 meet this daily requirement (1). While community leaders and key stakeholders work to improve these statistics, parents can and should do their part. Here are practical tips to help build a foundation of success for childhood development.
BENEFITS OF EXERCISE ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Physical activity and exercise have positive effects on both physiological and psychological aspects in the development of a child. Positive effects include (1):
- Improvement in sleeping habits
- Limiting the risk of obesity
- Limiting the risk of chronic disease
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing depression
- Promoting healthy bone growth and muscle development
For as many ways as there are to challenge the body in a workout, how many ways do we think about approaching our warm-up routine? How well prepared are our bodies for the stresses of the approaching workout?
Stephen Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” wrote on the habits practiced by highly productive people every day. It’s the second habit of “begin with the end in mind” that is all too often missed when it comes to a workout, and especially the warm-up.
As a fitness voyeur, I tend to watch how people workout, especially their exercise selection and technique. And if the timing is right and I see them enter the gym, I watch how they prepare for the workout. Here are some of my observations and suggestions on how to tweak the elements for better results.
Step 1: What’s the Goal?
Beginning with the end in mind is a concept often lost when it comes to warm-up routines. As the workout itself is the primary focus, we sometimes give little thought on how prepared the body needs to be for the loads, speed and the positions it will be in during the session.
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Fitness has definitely changed over recent years, becoming smarter with the application of human movement principles and corrective exercise. Fitness now reaches an even wider audience online and through social media while also introducing new and innovative exercise equipment and programming to meet anyone’s goals or interests. One of those eye-catching pieces of equipment that has extended its reach is the battle rope. Battle ropes are easy to learn, easy to use and offer some serious strength and cardiovascular training results. This simple, yet fun and effective tool can be used by anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The questions now become: Is there a preferred method for using battle ropes in a training program? How do you use them correctly?......