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Local Fitness Pro Takes On Childhood Obesity Crisis

11-25-2010 10:53 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Punch Kettlebell Gym Dover

November 2010, Dover, DE White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President, Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation, released some startling information that childhood obesity has become an epidemic in America and it is now considered a national health crisis.
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, approximately nine million American children over six years old are considered obese. In addition, one study found that obese six to eight year-olds were approximately ten times more likely to become obese adults than children with lower body mass.
Local fitness expert Chris Gray, who was featured this month in the Dover Post working with kids at Reily Brown Elementary during their annual “Lets Move” event says, “it is important that parents take the responsibility to feed their children healthy foods and monitor their intake in the early years. Doing so will increase the chances that good eating habits will stay with them for life. In addition, kids need exercise, which includes strength training, not only to help them maximize their bone growth during their youth, but also because kids are less fit than they’ve ever been and strength training plays a major role in reducing body fat.
The problem is that we often attempt to train kids in the same way we train adults, and guess what, just like many of the adults, they get bored! One of the problems has also been that in the past we were afraid that strength training might not be good for kids. Some kids were getting injured when training with traditional barbells and dumbbells and doctors also feared that it might not be good for growing bones. Of course we now know that if done properly, the exact opposite is true.
When you’re training kids, you need to make sure they’re having fun. Putting them on treadmills, and forcing them into traditional strength and conditioning programs built for athletes and adults can burn them out and bore them quickly. Kids can and should still train with traditional equipment, but this should be done with a careful mixture of traditional and non-traditional movements that will keep them interested, engaged, and fit for a lifetime.
Medicine balls are one way to make it more interesting for kids. They look a lot like soccer balls and come in different shapes and colors. Medicine balls can range from 1 to 12 pounds or more. They were actually used around the turn of last century for rehabilitation with the elderly, and as with so many fitness trends they have re-surfaced and kids love them.
Medicine balls are great for kids because they are new and interesting to them and exercising with them seems more like play than work. There are many different fun exercises they can do with medicine balls to work the entire body and they are much safer for kids than traditional weight training equipment.

Punch Kettlebell Gym is a premier personal training center that progresses by going back and taking cues from the strong men of generations past. We use Non-Traditional methods of working using kettlebells, rocks, sandbags, ropes, and logs to get the job done. Personalization is our highest priority.

Punch Kettlebell Gym Dover
1058 S. Governors Ave.
Ste. 101
Dover, DE 19904
Chris Gray, President

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