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Helping Kids Get Physically Fit

We know that for adults, the benefits of being physically active are myriad.

Reducing the risks of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and obesity are worthy goals we should strive for. But how often do we think of these health concerns when it comes to our kids? They’re just kids, right?

When was the last time your kids exercised for an hour every day during the week? According to the US Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, this is the recommended amount of physical activity for children and youth.*

However, statistics show that a large majority (more than two-thirds) of children and adolescents don’t meet this standard. And with so many of us still (hopefully) trying to limit our interactions with others to slow the spread, it’s likely your child or teen is spending a larger amount of time in front of a screen. So how do we change this statistic?

Although it’s typical that physical activity tends to decrease with age, developing an active lifestyle while young will likely influence activity levels into adulthood. For instance, if you used to run half-marathons as a teen, the idea of running a half-marathon now – as an adult – wouldn’t be as jarring as if you had never done that at all.

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Studies show that there are several factors that can help increase physical activity in children. The first factor is the parents’ activity level. Simply put, active parent = active child. This is relevant for adults who don’t have their own kids, but have nephews, nieces, or kids they mentor. An adult’s level of activity can help foster the activity levels of the children they influence.

Another factor is getting children involved in a rec league or team sport. While you may not be able to do this in person, depending upon your location and current mandates, there are virtual options. By adding these into a child’s weekly schedule, each extra hour per week of practice, games, meets, etc., adds nearly 10 minutes to the average daily physical activity for the child. They’ll never have time for exercise if it’s never scheduled to begin with. (This tactic works for adults, too, by the way.)

This much is true: being physically active while younger will affect the health of a child as they grow into an adult. So whether you have children of your own or children you are connected to, your level of activity can help contribute to building a habit of physical activity which will carry on into adulthood. Here’s to building our health, and our children’s, for the future!

Source:
“Physical Activity Facts.” Centers For Disease Control and Prevention*, 6.28.2017, http://bit.ly/2muNrvY.

My fave fitness app

About a week ago a friend of mine mentioned having a gym membership but needing some help with what routines to do. The cost of a personal trainer was prohibitive. Immediately my favorite fitness app, Fitocracy came to mind and a post I reblogged last year. The portion of the post can be found below along with the link to the full post. The individual exercises that you can pick are mentioned. However what wasn’t mentioned in the post (possibly because this feature was added later) is that Fitocracy has routines that you can pick from based on your goals. This is what makes this app tops in my opinion.

FITOCRACY

Fitocracy is a great way to stay motivated and meet like minded people who actually want to help.

I’ve been using this website for a while now and it acts as my main source of motivation. At the base of Fitocracy is a system of tracking your workouts (through their free web application, or the iOS and Android apps), getting points for each of your exercises, and then leveling up when you reach a certain amount of points. This is actually a surprisingly great way to stay motivated as you aim to keep advancing yourself each time you exercise, you end up getting addicted to earning leveling up meaning you have another reason to get out there and keep going.

They have a large database of exercises which you can choose from making it quick, easy and satisfying to track your workouts

The motivation gained just by being able to level up just by exercising is enough of a reason for you to start using Fitocracy, but another great reason is the awesome  and helpful community. Have a question? Need to get someone to check on your technique? Someone in the Fitocracy community will be willing to help you get things right, and they’re great at motivating you too.

[Check out Fitocracy here]

Read the full article on other fitness apps here https://suddenrealisation.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/my-most-useful-fitness-related-tools/