Hello everyone! I wanted to start today’s blog post with a story. A little background about me; when I was a young lad, I was overweight and developed unhealthy lifestyle habits during a large portion of my youth. For this reason, my parents hired a coach to have me workout twice a week. Before that, I would sit all day long either at school, or at home playing video games. Fast food was a daily event, and no exercise was present besides my physical education class in school. Keep in mind, this was before 2010. Now, kids are statistically less active then when I was growing up. As someone involved in the fitness industry, this is extremely concerning and something I want to change.
This is one of the reasons why I decided to become a fitness coach and the reason I believe in our youth fitness program, because I want kids to develop healthy habits while they are still in their youth, so they may carry those habits into adulthood. Having a coach when I was young taught me so much about exercising and eating properly in order to prevent childhood obesity. This is priceless knowledge I will have for the rest of my life that I can pass down to my children one day.
According to the CDC, more than 10 million kids today are obese, meaning almost 20% of all children ages 2-19. Just like adult obesity, childhood obesity has statistically risen over the years for many reasons including:
- Reliance on technology for labor (I.e driving vs walking, drive thru windows, etc.)
- More sedentary jobs and lifestyles (desk jobs)
- Sedentary entertainment (video games, movies, television, etc.)
- Highly palatable and calorically dense foods (fast food, salty and sugary foods)
With the combination of convenient, high calorie food and less movement, the prevalence of childhood obesity will continue to rise. As a society, it is important that we teach children WHY it is important to eat healthy and exercise, so that they can be self motivated to become healthier. A few ways we can help kids become healthier include:
- Encourage more active entertainment like sports, outdoor activities and group fitness.
- Teach healthy eating habits (more fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources and fiber)
- Educate teens and kids on the consequences of poor health (metabolic disease, diabetes, etc.)
- Limit video game, movie, and television time.
During the lockdown, I noticed it became much harder for people to find ways to include exercise into their daily life. With the gyms closed, youth sports postponed and all fast food establishments remaining open, the motivation for kids and teens to stay active became harder and harder.
One big purpose of our teen and youth athletics program here at HIT Fit is get kids back in the routine of exercising everyday. Physical and activity and sports is such a fundamental part of a child’s development and we don’t want the kids and teens in our community to develop unhealthy or sedentary habits during their youth. A few programs we offer include:
- Varsity Kids Club (ages 8-14) (Monday-Thursday 3:45 & 4:30pm) (Saturday 11-11:45am)
- Teens/Youth Athletics Program (14-18) (Monday-Thursday 5:15-6pm)
- JV Kids Club (4-7) (Saturday 10:30-11:30am)
All our youth programs are designed to teach kids the ins and outs of fitness, strength training, athletic training, and injury prevention. We want our youth to understand not only HOW to develop healthy lifelong habits in exercise, but WHY it’s important for them. Our children are the future of our world and the development of a healthy lifestyle will improve character traits such as responsibility, discipline and integrity. These character traits will aid them in being successful adults in the future!
Want to learn more about how to get your kid(s) started in our youth program? Send us a direct message on Facebook or email [email protected] and we’ll get you started with a free introduction!