5 Ways Kids Can Benefit from CrossFit
CrossFit For Kids: 5 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Health And Fitness Level
1) Strength Training – Strong muscles are essential for building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis.
Children need strength training to build muscle mass, develop their coordination, improve balance and prevent injuries. They also benefit from strength training because it helps them learn how to use their body effectively when performing other activities such as sports or physical education classes.
2) Cardio Exercise – Aerobic exercise improves children’s cardiovascular health and prevents obesity.
Children need aerobic activity to maintain good health. Children can benefit from playing aerobics class, swimming lessons or even joining a soccer team if they have the opportunity. A child who plays soccer will probably enjoy it more than one who does not play soccer!
3) Weight Training – Children who participate in weight training may gain muscle mass and lose fat.
They may also become stronger and more flexible. Weight training improves children’s bone density, reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, increases their resistance to cancer, improves their muscular endurance and strengthens bones in general.
4) Flexibility – Stretching exercises help children improve their flexibility.
These exercises also help them learn to control their body, improve their posture and prevent injuries.
5) Nutrition – Children should eat a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
They should also avoid foods high in fat and sugar. They can learn the importance of a healthy diet by following a nutritious diet plan for a week and keeping a food diary.
CrossFit Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to making kids fitter, healthier and more confident. It will help them perform better in school, live longer, prevent disease and become responsible citizens. The organization provides education programs and classes for kids ages 4 to 17. CrossFit Kids also provides training materials for parents and teachers so they can help kids lead a more active lifestyle at home and in the classroom.
My name is Greg Glassman, Founder of Crossfit Kids. My mission is to help conquer the epidemic of childhood obesity through fitness. Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. More than 35 percent of all American children are overweight or obese when they enter primary school and that figure grows to nearly 60 percent by the time they leave. Inactivity is one of the main causes of this epidemic.
Childhood obesity often leads to other health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. According to the Surgeon General, being overweight also increases your chances of suffering from depression and kids who are depressed are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. Since childhood obesity often leads to type 2 diabetes, a condition that used to be seen only in adults, it also puts children at risk for other adult health problems such as blindness, kidney failure, loss of limbs and sexual dysfunction. Childhood obesity also affects a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Many obese children are bullied by their peers which can cause emotional problems and low self-esteem.
These children often miss classes and fall behind in their school work because they don’t feel good about themselves. Childhood obesity can also lead to social isolation and childhood obesity is also known to cause a decrease in life span.
Children who participate in sports are much less likely to be overweight or obese than children who do not participate in sports. Unfortunately, not all children have access to sport programs at their schools and many parents can’t afford to enroll their children in expensive private sports programs.
Crossfit Kids offers a solution to the problem of childhood obesity by providing free, after-school fitness classes for kids who might not otherwise have access to this kind of program. The program is based on the Crossfit training methodology developed by Coach Greg Glassman, who also serves as Chief Knowledge Officer at Crossfit Inc.
Crossfit Kids was founded by Jennifer Vaughn, a former gymnast, dance instructor and Crossfit trainer, and Jon Hinds, a father of six who was motivated to get involved with the program after he and his wife adopted five siblings from foster care.
Jennifer and Jon both speak extensively about the benefits of fitness training for children in order to educate other parents and teachers. They have given talks at education conferences, elementary schools and community colleges all over California.
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