Kids Thrive in Nature

Many adults have fond memories of meandering in meadows or weaving through local forests when they were children. It turns out that playing in nature positively affects physical and mental development in children, according to a recent review of 16 studies involving a total of 711 healthy children ages 2–12 from various locations worldwide. University of South Australia researchers in Adelaide conducted the systematic review to evaluate evidence that might support the claim that playing in nature benefits child health and development. Concerns are arising as, anecdotally, fewer children worldwide…

Core Training for Kids

There’s a tremendous need, now more than ever, to hook kids on fitness and equip them with good lifestyle habits. A child’s growing body needs regular movement in order to function optimally. Since the core is essentially “ground zero,” it’s a fitting place to start, because strong core muscles assist with posture and reduce the chance of injury. The key to a healthier tomorrow is to be proactive and get kids involved today. Regardless of whether your facility offers a class specifically for kids, as a certified group fitness instructor…

Children Are Less Active Worldwide

Global surveys show that children are becoming less and less active. A study conducted at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, concluded that, in developed countries, children of all ages are at risk from declining physical activity levels—seen as early as 4 years old. The study is available in Obesity Reviews (2019; 21 [1], e:12953). The post Children Are Less Active Worldwide appeared first on IDEA Health & Fitness Association. Source: Site Ideasift