Are children getting enough exercise?
As a mother of two children, I understand the everyday stresses and demands that most parents endure: getting your children to school on time, play dates, birthday parties, completing homework assignments, and most importantly, making sure they are safe and happy. With all the mundane tasks one important component that’s often overlooked is keeping your children active and understanding the importance youth training is to children of all ages.
I grew up in a rural remote town with acres and acres of green space. My parents never worried if I was getting enough exercise. Everyday after school my friends and I played outside until sunset. We were often covered in dirt and grass stains from rolling around on the ground and playing countless adolescent games. Fast forward to today and children aren’t as active or interested in hopscotch or double dutch as in the past. With the advancement of technology, ipads and video games are replacing exercise in our youth. So my question to you is how important is exercise for kids and when should your child begin a training program?
According to the CDC, children need at least 60 minutes of aerobic activity each day. Endurance training, muscle and bone strengthening should all be a part of your child’s fitness regimen. Unfortunately, many parents are clueless when it comes to what strength training activities are safe for kids. Keep in mind a child’s body is growing and changing rapidly. Exercising is meant to aide in this growth and not hinder or deter from it. It’s not necessary for your child to lift heavy weights, in fact, it’s recommended that kids lift nothing more than their own body weight to start. Gymnastics, climbing trees, jumping in juggle gyms are all safe activities for young children.
Most children I work with are as young as 5 years old and are eager to exercise. I prepare entertaining activities that are specifically geared to their young needs. As children mature and reach adolescent years a more structured program is recommended. I incorporate functional everyday activities such as squats and push-ups that are safe and effective. I also work with teen athletes to prepare them for success in their given sport.
My youth training program is designed to help children and adolescents maintain a healthy body and mind for years to come. For more information, please visit tashaingramfitness.com and remember to keep your children moving!