Dover fitness expert Chris Gray takes on childhood obesity this month, Gray was featured this month in the Dover Post working with kids at Reily Brown Elementary during their annual “Lets Move” event.
Dover Personal Trainers explain that in a recent White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President, Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation, released some startling information that childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America and it is now considered a national health crisis.
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, approximately nine million American children over six years old are considered obese. In addition, one study found that obese six to eight year-olds were approximately ten times more likely to become obese adults than children with lower body mass.
Dover Personal Trainers and doctors alike say it is not considered normal for a child to be overweight. It is important that parents take the responsibility to feed their children healthy foods and monitor their intake in the early years, so that good eating habits stay with them for life. However, all too often, it is easier to let children self-monitor what they are eating due to their or your schedule. The reality is that parents need to be just as concerned about what their children eat as they are about teaching them not to get into cars with strangers. In addition kids need exercise too, which includes strength training. Not only to help them maximize their bone growth during their youth, but also because kids are less fit than they’ve ever been and strength training plays a major role in reducing body fat.
You see, kids need strength training too explain Dover Personal Trainers. Not only to help them maximize their bone growth during their youth, but also because kids are less fit than they’ve ever been. The problem, is that we often attempt to train kids in the same way we train adults. And guess what, just like many of the adults, they get bored!
Dover Personal Trainers reveal that one of the problems has also been that in the past we were afraid that strength training might not be good for kids. Some kids were getting injured when training with traditional barbells and dumbbells and doctors also feared that it might not be good for growing bones. Of course we now know that if done properly, the exact opposite is true.
Physical education researchers have found that children as young as 5 or 6 years old can strengthen their muscles and bones by strength and resistance training. And when properly performed, strength training can increase bone density and muscle mass as well as tendon and ligament strength. It can also improve joint function.
In children we call this “preconditioning.” And it will not only help build strong bones and big muscles for life, but it will also help kids avoid injury in the gym or on the sports field.
Dover Personal Trainers say one thing is for sure. When you’re training kids, you need to make sure they’re having fun. Putting them on treadmills, and forcing them into traditional strength and conditioning programs built for athletes and adults can burn them out and bore them quickly. Kids can and should still train with traditional equipment, but this should be done with a careful mixture of traditional and non-traditional movements that will keep them interested, engaged, and fit for a lifetime.
Medicine balls are one way to make it more interesting for kids. They look a lot like soccer balls and come in different shapes and colors. Medicine balls can range from 1 to 12 pounds or more. They were actually used around the turn of last century for rehabilitation with the elderly. And as with so many fitness trends, they have re-surfaced and kids love them.
Medicine balls are great for kids because they are new and interesting to them, and they help prevent injury. Dropping a round medicine ball on your toe will probably not have the same affect as that of a hard edged dumbbell.
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