I’m often approached by parents interested in helping their adolescent or teenager obtain a healthier lifestyle. The statistics of child obesity in America are of epic proportions, and their stories are usually similar: the child wants to play sports or lose weight, but doesn’t know how to begin a fitness regimen or practice healthy eating.
Out of Shape & Overweight
Often the young adult will be out of shape and overweight, placing a considerable amount of extra pressure on the knees, ankles, and hips. It’s important to get in the habit of caring for your joints early in life, so later you can avoid, or minimize, arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions.
When a young person first starts training with me, I assess their current health condition and physical abilities and limitations. In addition to asking questions about their fitness and nutrition, we’ll typically do a health evaluation by going through several exercises similar to those that public schools use. The President’s Challenge fitness test typically includes sit-ups, sprints, 12 min/1.5 mile run, pull-ups/flexed arm hang, push-ups, and sit and reach to evaluate flexibility. These tests allow for generalization of current health conditions. We also then have a baseline to work from, and can recognize particular areas that need the most improvement.
Child Obesity & Lack of Activity
More times than not, ailments and injuries surface either during verbal evaluation, or physical tests, with the root of these issues harkening back to a lack of activity and being overweight/obese. When training youth, one of my main goals is to teach them proper protocol for working out. This includes a 5-10 minute warm-up, followed by stretching, strength training with good form, cardiovascular training with proper breathing, a 5-10 minute cool-down, and some light yoga or Pilates to finish.
Usually through an appropriate strength and conditioning program, ailments and joint discomfort can be eased. They will lose fat and gain muscle, providing more support to their joints, which will take away some of the pressure that once existed. Occasionally, it is necessary for them to begin a joint care regimen that includes a complete nutritional supplement. As a big believer in Flexcin and how much it has helped me, I always recommend this supplement.
Do you have a young adult who needs to begin a health regimen? Please tell us about their current health by posting it below on the Flexcin blog. You can also email any of your youth fitness or nutrition questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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