“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass
Youth Fitness Programs Teach Healthy Habits For Life. As parents, we owe it to our children to educate them in the importance of fitness. Healthy habits like daily exercise, good nutrition and staying fit significantly lessen the risk of obesity and catastrophic illness. Kids are never too young to learn these ideas, which is a point I preach until it’s ingrained in each of them. I offer stimulating, non‑intimidating and non-competitive fitness programs that combine strength and cardiovascular exercises in a structured and supervised environment. My high-energy programs burn a significant amount of calories, creating fast results. This allows each child to reach their optimal fitness level. Science has dramatically improved our understanding of fitness. Unfortunately, today’s generations exercise far less than their predecessors. Childhood obesity continues to rise due to physical inactivity and poor dieting. 1 in 3 children are overweight while 1 in 7 are obese. Video games, fast food, computers, TV, smartphones and decreases in school budgets all contribute to the issue at hand. Physicians believe today’s youth could be the first in history to have a life-span shorter than their parents! However, we can combat this terrible epidemic through education, exercise and healthier nutrition. It simply takes an effort between parents, teachers, coaches and children.
Why A Personal Trainer? Because childhood obesity predicts obesity in adults with stunning accuracy. Parents are wise to encourage healthy habits early. A personal trainer is a great way to develop healthy behaviors at an early age. It’s also an excellent way for an overweight child to experience immediate results and improved self-esteem. Additionally, parents seek personal trainers to improve sports performance and skill training. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids as young as 8-years-old can benefit from low-resistance exercise with small weights and actually grow stronger with little risk of injury. I provide the direction, structure and strategies to help create habits of healthy living, which can positively impact your child’s life.
The Three Pillars Of Fitness: Endurance, Strength, and Flexibility. During aerobic exercise the heart beats faster and we breathe harder – over time this increases endurance. Regular aerobic activity for continuous periods of time strengthens the heart and improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to all its cells. Children who are active will:
- have stronger muscles and bones;
- have less body fat and a leaner body;
- be less likely to become overweight;
- decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes;
- possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels;
- have a better outlook on life.
Healthy Mind and Body. Physical activity helps you keep fit, both mentally and physically. By involving children in the fun and dynamic fitness programs I offer, you can help them maximize not just their physical potential, but their intellectual capacity as well. Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better equipped to handle physical and emotional challenges — from sprinting to catch the bus to problem-solving in the classroom.
Lastly, self-esteem is a vital component of an emotionally-healthy child. A child with poor self-image can quickly lose sight of who they really are. By supporting ideals like physical fitness, you can decrease the chances of children choosing unhealthy behavior (joining the wrong crowd, substance abuse) which can arise from low self-esteem.
Give me a call and let’s get your child started on learning positive behaviors that will last a lifetime!