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Family Health

Whether you are a parent, coach, teacher, fitness professional, physician, allied health professional, or someone who regularly interacts with kids or teens, you have the opportunity to enrich lives and raise healthier families. Get advice about youth physical activity and fitness, nutrition and kid-friendly recipes, parents’ health and fitness, parenting and pediatrics all in one place.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Integrative Fitness Training

While most youth fitness programs focus on health-related fitness components, it’s critical to include the components associated with skill related fitness because motor-skill competence promotes long-term engagement in physical activity. Learn why integrative fitness training is the key helping kids feel more confident and more likely to continue participating in activity-based programs.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: ABCs of Fitness Training

Given the importance of physical activity to kids’ health and development, it makes sense that the ABCs of physical activity should be taught right alongside the ABCs of language. As a fitness professional, you have the opportunity to help shape the future activity levels and preferences of today’s youth. Here are some great ways to help kids learn the fundamental movement skills that will help lay the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Fitness Training - Phase 1

The most critical phase of training involves building stability and a strong foundation. This first phase of training should include exercises that strengthen the upper, lower and core musculature while enhancing balance, postural control and joint stability. Learn how to teach kids how to build strength that will create a strong foundation for movement skills that will be introduced in the next training phase.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Fitness Training - Phase 2

The foundation of strength gained in phase 1 allows kids to learn more complex movement patterns in phase 2 without risking injury. Here are some basic exercises that will help kids learn each of the five movement patterns necessary to develop a strong, healthy body.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Fitness Training - Phase 3

While the first two phases of training prepare kids by correcting muscular imbalances and poor posture, and enhancing strength and proper movement mechanics, the third phase—fitness training—is where things really get fun. Here are some great exercises for kids who are ready to advance their training program with external loads and exercises that will enhance their speed, quickness and power.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Choice and Order of Exercise

When working with kids to improve their strength, you must consider the youth’s fitness level, size and training experience before writing or recommending a strength-training program. Here are three important rules to follow when picking the choice and order of strength-training exercises, along with some recommendations for specific exercises and progressions.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Movement Speed and Range

When it comes to performance technique, kids are likely to attempt lifting weights that are too heavy for their abilities or perform an excessive number of repetitions with improper form unless a professional is properly supervising them. Learn how to utilize both speed and range of motion to create safe and effective resistance-training programs for kids.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Reaction Ball Time

Research suggests that sedentary kids may be destined to become sedentary adults, and too many kids are exiting childhood without first developing a regular exercise habit or mastering basic fundamental movement skills. Here are some great beginner moves and games that are ideal for developing these basic movement skills, all while making movement and exercise a whole lot of fun.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Arm and Leg Tag

Given the importance of physical activity to kids’ health and development, it makes sense that the ABCs of physical activity should be taught right alongside the ABCs of language. As a fitness professional, you have the opportunity to help shape the future activity levels and preferences of today’s youth. Here are some great ways to help kids learn the fundamental movement skills that will help lay the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Youth Fitness: Cool Down and Stretch

Taking the time to cool down after a great exercise session, game or other activity is important for recovery and allows time to discuss accomplishments, provide feedback, set future goals and assign homework that youth can do on their own. Here are six great stretches to incorporate after each workout that will make stretching a healthy habit they maintain after every workout.

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