I can no longer hold off in commenting about this aspect of kids fitness. Â The final straw happened last night at work. So here I am, up early before I go for a (chilly) run, and writing my confusion and yes, frustrations that will hopefully get people thinking.
As a Fitness Professional, I specialize in kids fitness and sports conditioning. Â Sometimes, bothÂ specialtiesÂ go hand in hand. Â Yet it seems since December 2010, my eyes have been opened to a new issue; Â lack of commitment from the parents!
Participaction stated a couple of days ago, that “we are heavier, rounder and less flexible than a generation ago”. Â Kids and adults alike! Â They also stated some alarming statistics since the new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines have been released early this year. Â The one that impacted me the most (especially as a parent); Â “Research shows 88% of Canadian parents believe their kids get plenty of exercise. Reality: only about 12% get the daily activity they need.” Â I believe this, and this is a large part of the problem.
Parents are role models, teachers and “coaches” so-to-speak. Â If we as parents do not encourage our kids to be active, make healthy eating choices and learn to live life to the fullest, than who will? Â Parents and your own lifestyles have the biggest impact on your children.
In dealing with kids on a daily basis at work as clients, it creates so many question marks for me as to why parents will pay hundreds of dollars to buy training sessions for their child, yet will send them to a session after eating a low-nutrient, energy sucking “meal”!?!? Â What a waste of money! Â It really defeats the purpose of bringing your child to see a Personal Trainer does it not?
Kraft dinner,Â ChineseÂ food, frozen pizza… just to name a few “pre-workout” meals some of my clients are being fed. Â 2/3 of these young clients are 12 years old. At that age, who do you think makes the majority of choices in what the child eats? Â The parents! Â The other, is a 16-year old National level soccer player. Â After eating this garbage, the child is either 100% not focused and low energy (whether we’re doing an exercise or playing a game) OR they feel so horrible, they feel likeÂ vomiting and can’t keep moving and working out.
Under-education as a society as to what it means to learn to become healthy is causing us to completely move in the wrong direction. Â If we don’t help create healthier habits for our kids, our future is only going to get worse! Â If you commit your child to training/fitness, you commit yourselves as parents. Â Otherwise, save your money (it would make more sense).