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Posts found under "Physical Activity" within Family Health

Being a Great Teacher Takes Great Communication Skills

By Anna Renderer on Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Wondering what types of communication are most critical for safe and successful youth exercise and resistance-training programs? Here are 10 instructional guidelines that have been proven to be highly effective for providing every class participant a positive and productive exercise session. When you are teaching kids or leading a youth fitness training session, following these guidelines will give you the greatest chances for success.




Methods and Modes of Resistance Training: A Grid To Success

By Anna Renderer on Friday, December 06, 2013


Are you a parent interested in helping your child athlete get stronger, or a professional considering teaching a youth-focused strength-training class? Either way, you may be wondering where to start and whether or not resistance training is safe for children. This easy-to-use grid will help you account for the necessary variables, like age and fitness level, to ensure your participants train both safely and effectively.




Enhancing Confidence In Overweight Youth With Resistance Training

By Anna Renderer on Thursday, November 07, 2013


The playground can be a cruel place for overweight kids, but there is a form of physical activity where they are more likely to feel successful and confident: strength training. Learn how you can help get overweight kids get moving with this basic six-week training program that can create a sense of accomplishment and instill a lifelong habit of being physically active.




Play Education: Strategies for Fun and Effective Youth Training Programs

By Anna Renderer on Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Teaching youth fitness requires a much different approach than teaching adult fitness—more than anything, the activity has to be fun! ACE pro Anna Renderer explains age-appropriate teaching strategies and motivational approaches that are best used for children when trying to establish healthy habits they will retain for a lifetime. Whether you are teaching a young group of 2nd graders or a high school basketball team (or an age in between), these tips are sure to improve both the retention and




Pregnancy and Your Workout: What Really Needs to Change?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, September 11, 2013


There still remains a lot of confusion surrounding how much a woman should exercise during pregnancy, including whether or not she should start exercising if she was previously inactive. Dr. Natalie Digate Muth details the latest expert recommendations, as well as some of the benefits of staying active during pregnancy.




Is It True That Kids Really Can “Outgrow” Obesity?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Tuesday, August 06, 2013


What should a parent do if he or she realizes her child is overweight or even obese? Is it cause for alarm or is it likely the child will eventually grow taller and, thus, “outgrow” his or her weight issue? Dr. Natalie Digate Muth explains the findings of a new study, which sheds important light on this issue, offering specific formulas for parents and pediatricians to use when creating a plan to address a child’s weight problem.




Kids Animal-Inspired Yoga

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, July 10, 2013


ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT, offers tips on helping your children adopt healthy fitness habits. Spark their imaginations with animal-inspired exercise that introduces them to yoga-like breathing and pose techniques.




Mama Wants Her Abs Back

By Lisa Druxman on Thursday, June 27, 2013


Pregnancy definitely takes a toll on a woman’s body, especially her abdominals and core, and doing crunches just isn’t going to be enough. Stroller Strides founder Lisa Druxman explains how women can effectively combat the forces of pregnancy and motherhood that pull a woman’s body out of alignment, and offers some great exercises to help moms get their abs back.




Improving Your Child’s Physical Literacy

By Len Saunders on Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Most parents spend a great deal of time and energy focusing on helping their children reach their important educational milestones, like learning to read and write. But did you know that this is the time to develop their physical literacy as well? Kids who become physically literate—by being physically active and enjoying the benefits of movement—are more likely to become active adults. Here are 5 great tips for improving the physical literacy of your whole family.




Get Fit With Your Stroller

By Lisa Druxman on Thursday, May 23, 2013


Many new moms are anxious to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back, but caring for a newborn doesn’t exactly leave a whole lot of free time for exercise. The solution? Exercise with your baby! Try this great program from Stroller Strides founder Lisa Druxman—in just 30 minutes you’ll have done a total-body cardio, strength and flexibility workout, all while your baby enjoys a ride in the stroller.




My Body After Baby

By Lisa Druxman on Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Your whole life changes after having a baby—and so does your body. In addition to the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth, carrying for a new baby can wreak its own havoc on a new mother’s body. Fortunately, all these challenges are manageable with a sound exercise program. Here are the exercises to choose—and things to avoid—to help bring your body back.




Fitness for Mom at Any Stage

By Lisa Druxman on Thursday, May 09, 2013


No matter your stage of motherhood, fitness is a gift for you and your family. YOU need the strength for motherhood! And they need to learn from you that fitness is an important part of daily life and can be fit in to a busy schedule. Here is Stroller Strides founder Lisa Druxman’s best advice on how to get your body back, based on the ages and stages of your kids.




MAY: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, May 01, 2013


May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so there’s never been a better time to recommit to helping your family and friends lead more active, healthier lives. And remember, fitness is fun! So gather up the neighborhood kids (and their parents!), find a safe green space and have a blast with these seven fun and active games.




Program Spotlight: Project ACES

By Len Saunders on Friday, April 26, 2013


On May 1, kids across the globe will be marking the 25th anniversary of Project ACES Day by running, jumping, playing and generally having fun together to show their support for physical activity. Learn how you can get involved with this important program, which is focused on helping more kids enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity.