Youth Fitness: Cool Down and Stretch

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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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Youth Fitness: Arm and Leg Tag

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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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Youth Fitness: Reaction Ball Time

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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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Youth Fitness: Movement Speed and Range

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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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Youth Fitness: Choice and Order of Exercise

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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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