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Keeping Your Kids Fit

Published August 11, 2011 by gettingherfit

Now that school is back in session, how do we keep our kids active?  Did you know that one out of three kids between the ages of 2–19 are considered overweight or obese?  We’ve been warned about this for years and it’s frightening to watch this trend continue, so what can you do to keep your child active and not a statistic?

During school kids are spending a majority of their day sitting in class, after school many of them head home do homework, have a snack and watch TV, play video games or get on the computer.  Technology has kept our kids indoors far too long; it’s time to get them outside and moving again.   As parents it’s our responsibility to teach our kids to be healthy.

If we want the best for our kids it’s important to keep their minds sharp and their bodies healthy and strong, and physical activity is a great way to do that.  It’s recommended that kids over the age of two get 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day.

As parents we lead by example, we should be eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise. Statistics show that if children are born to obese parents chances increase that they too will become obese.

Ideas to keeping them active:

  • Get them involved in an after school sport if they are interested, but limit it to only one sport per season so they don’t get burnt out and end up with overuse injuries. It’ll keep them interested and excited to go back.
  • If your kids aren’t interested in any sport, be sure to have a set time in the evening and weekends where as a family you go out for a bike ride, a walk after dinner, maybe hiking on the weekend.
  • Make a game of it, when you are out walking, race them from one house to the next or to a street sign, smaller kids why not skip along with them or play tag or just take them to a park where they can run and jump.
  • Make the activity age appropriate even if it’s just doing chores around the house, have them help you rake leaves or pull weeds, give them a bucket and see who can pull the most weeds the fastest, even just picking up toys in record time.
  • Encourage your kids to take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further from the entrance, spend that time talking and connecting with them.
  • Do an exercise video with them it’s amazing what a two year old will do.
  • Be sure to limit the amount of time they watch TV, play on computers and video games.
  • Just keep it fun, give them a day they can choose an activity and have everyone  participate, if they see you having fun they will have fun.

Benefits for active kids include:

  • Having stronger bones and muscles
  • Keeps them lean and less likely to increase their fat cells thus less likely to become overweight
  • Less risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Mental focus and clarity for school work
  • Better sleeping habits
  • More  confidence and a positive outlook on life
  • Stronger immune system which leads to less sick days

Be sure to get an annual physical and have their hearts checked, although rare, kids have succumbed to cardiac death during physical activity because of undetected heart defects.

Remember fitness can be fun, don’t make it something they dread doing.  If you are setting good examples they will follow.  Enjoy family fitness together and see the benefits and enjoy the wonderful quality of life it brings.  With regular daily exercise kids are better able to handle the daily physical and emotional stresses of school and home.

Get Fit & Never Quit!!

Victoria McCullough
Her Strength Fitness
www.herstrengthfitness.com

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No More Excuses!!!

Published August 4, 2011 by gettingherfit

You’ve been doing it for a while now, probably longer than you realize. Again and again, you come up with a reason why you’re going to start TOMORROW.

Before you know it, you wake up one morning and you’re 5 lbs, 10 lbs, or 15 lbs heavier than you were a few months ago!

Enough is enough. Now is the time to stop making excuses, to stop putting your fitness on hold, and to start working out.

Don’t Let Age Get the Upper Hand

With every year that passes, your body conspires to make getting into shape harder. Your metabolism slows down as you age, adding weight that you’ll have a harder time shedding. Your growth hormone production slows down, making it even more of a challenge! What might have been a snap at 20 will take more time and effort at 45.

Here’s the good news: You CAN absolutely get fit at ANY age! BUT….the longer you put it off, the harder it will be to make those changes.

Your body is more primed to respond to exercise right NOW, than it will be even 6 months from now. And, if you happen to be that 45 year old who starts working out today, know that soon enough you’ll be fitter than a 20 year old who’s sitting around still making excuses!

The Chicken or the Egg?

It could be that you’re overweight and think you need to lose a few pounds before you start working out.  So, you’ve decided that you’re going to lose weight by dieting BEFORE you start an exercise program. You’ve even got a list of groceries to restock your fridge and pantry with and to start you on your way.

It’s true that watching what you eat is a huge part of a fitter, trimmer life. But studies show that making the switch to healthier eating is easier when you’re already working out regularly.

Exercise will cause you to crave healthier foods, encouraging a fit diet to come more naturally, and the pounds to melt off quicker!

Laziness Makes You Even More Tired

Maybe you’re waiting around until you feel less exhausted and fatigued by work, family, and everything else that goes on.  Chances are, you will ALWAYS have a ton of things going to that will zap up your energy!

More good news:  Exercise will INCREASE your energy throughout the day, so you will have more clarity and be able to get more done during your day

You’ve just got to get the ball rolling!

It’s a Mental Game

Fitness is about being proactive mentally AND physically – putting it off will actually psyche you out!  Adding regular exercise isn’t necessarily easy. But the longer you wait to begin working our regularly, the more insurmountable a challenge it will seem.

Put the brakes on negativity before it starts to impact your drive to workout and live healthier!  The little engine that could, did, because he was already doing.

Decide right now to stop your excuses and take the first step. Together we will come up with the perfect personalized fitness plan for you. It will be unique to your lifestyle and get you to your goals quickly.

Call or email TODAY and say goodbye to waiting until tomorrow!

Get Fit & Never Quit!!

Victoria McCullough

702-419-4778
www.herstrengthfitness.com

New Location Update

Published August 3, 2011 by gettingherfit

Hello Ladies,

I am so excited to announce that I will now be offering classes not only at my current locations but I am teaming up with Sun Pilates & Sun Kids and will have High Intensity Interval Training classes on Monday and Wednesday at 11 a.m.  This is a great opportunity for working women and mom’s who just can’t seem to get out the door early enough to make my other classes.

This program will be an indoor boot camp type workout, it will be fun and exciting and on nice days we can open the big door and head outside.  So the nice thing is it will be held year round same location. I will also be doing a class called Bittie Boot Camp for your little ones  ages 3 to 5 years at noon so stick around and watch them have fun exercising in a fun way with games and obstacle courses.

Not only can you come to my classes but for the same price you can also attend the other great programs offered such as Pilates, Yoga and even kids classes.  So if one day you want to come to my boot camp, then the next try pilates you can, you are not obligated to any one class.  Go to the website to register and find out more information.  Child care is available during most classes for a small fee.

I hope to see you soon, classes are limited so please sign up online to save you spot.  Have an awesome week and let’s get fit and never quit.

Remember go to www.sunpilates.co

Victoria McCullough
702-419-4778
www.herstrengthfitness.com
www.advocare.com/03023877
www.commit2bfit4ever.com