End of summer means fall sports training is gearing up. Preseason preparation often involves strength and conditioning training. Dr. Rebecca Carl, attending physician of pediatric sports medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, outlines whether or not it is healthy for kids to strength train and shares preventive safety tips during conditioning. by signing up you agree to our terms of service … [Read more...] about Strength training guidelines for kids and teens
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Q: Our sons are ages 9, 11 and 14, and like all of the other schoolkids we know, they're hauling around crazy-huge backpacks all day. What does that weight do to a child's back? Can carrying a heavy backpack every day cause scoliosis? A: We hear from a lot of parents about the hefty load children carry around while they're at school. By the time kids stow all of the textbooks, notebooks, laptops, tablets, binders, snacks, water and miscellaneous school supplies they'll need during a typical day, these packs can easily tip the scales at 10 pounds -- and frequently much more.Considering that the current recommendation is that a child's backpack shouldn't exceed 10 percent of his or her body weight, the plain truth is that our kids are spending their weekdays yoked to considerably more weight than is good for them.When it comes to scoliosis, a condition in which the spine grows with an abnormal sideways curve, there is no evidence that carrying a heavy backpack will cause it.But … [Read more...] about Lugging heavy backpacks is bad for kids’ health
The leading organization of pediatricians in the United States recently released a study showing that most children are not getting enough exercise each day. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which says that physical activity is a “vital sign” of health, more than half of children in the United States are not moving for the recommended 60 minutes each day. Why is this a problem? For toddlers, children and adolescents, physical activity improves strength and endurance, builds healthy bones and lean muscles, develops motor skills and coordination, and promotes emotional health by reducing feelings of depression and anxiety. Exercise builds self-esteem, increases stability, control skills and thinking skills. Children who are routinely active are less likely to become overweight or obese, thereby decreasing the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.Active kids tend to be more optimistic, sleep better and process and … [Read more...] about Most kids aren’t getting enough physical activity. Are yours?
Darn it! I'm sick and tired of being a scarecrow! Charles Atlas says he can give me a real body. All right! I'll gamble a stamp and get his free book! -Countless Magazine and Comic Book Ads Last weekend, Abbie over at ERV proclaimed herself the fittest person on Scienceblogs, and one of my readers thought I might have something to say about that. I sure do; I'm going to tell you what -- as a complete and total amateur -- fitness means to me. Fitness, for me, is about meeting your goals for your body and your life. What does that mean for you? Do you want to be able to run a marathon (or a mile, for that matter)? Lose weight? Gain muscle mass? Jump higher? These goals are very different from one another. The very fit man who can do this: is probably not also going to be able to do this: (And I can do neither.) But I am in pretty good shape for what I am, and so I'd like to share with you some very basic things that I wish I knew about diet and exercise when I was younger. Why? I had … [Read more...] about Weekend Diversion: Fitness Challenge!
He goes by many names: Arnie, Ah-nuld, the Terminator, the Governator, the Austrian Oak, Conan the Republican, the Machine. But however one chooses to acknowledge Arnold Schwarzenegger, one can’t help acknowledging his importance in action movies from the 1980s all the way up to now.What he’s less celebrated for is his dramatic work, the movies that don’t require him to swing around bazookas or machine guns, or to beat down bad guys. Arnold didn’t start out as Arnold, after all; Hollywood didn’t catch on to the awesome might of his charisma until a decade into his film career. It took time for him to become the T-800. In that time, he made gems, and since he’s stopped being the T-800 (insofar as he can ever really stop being the thing that made him a household name), he’s made others. Put on your best workout gear and get ready to do some bicep curls, ‘cause here it is: Men’s Health’s full ranking of every Schwarzenegger movie … [Read more...] about Here Are 40 Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies, Ranked from Worst to Best