Fitness – Start Young but play it Smart!

Aug 14 2015 Tags: Exercise, Health & Diet

These days, parents and guardians enjoy the luxury of having many options in choosing what is the most effective way of educating children. The same can be said in choosing the best fitness regimen for younger generations. The choices is limitless but choosing the right approach and enforcing the right motivation might tip the scale between failure and success.

Fitness media promotions popularized supposedly groundbreaking healthy technologies such as the 6-day weight trim machine, effortless exercise programs, detoxify and trim down waistline drinks, among others. The concept of “fitness” being mainstreamed into the consciousness of people beyond count is both exhilarating and troubling.

The need to become fit is now a basic goal of institutions especially that of the much respected schools and other academic organizations. Unfortunately, due to its sudden popularity, there is an observable boom in offered products and services related to fitness that have proven to be very confusing and misleading most of the time.

Parents and educators alike are torn in choosing which process, product, curriculum, and design to adapt in teaching children with the surefire ways of becoming fit. One of the most popular disciplines in fitness training for children is the martial arts or black belt system. The International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) takes pride in championing what has proven to be one of the most effective ways of making children enthusiastic with the concept of being fit.

The martial arts or black belt system of conditioning is simply projecting the highest goal achievable to those in the program similar to the strived black belt in karate and taekwondo. The logic behind this design is simple, the fitness instructors rewards and incentivizes those that are most willing to become fit. Even if the regimen is composed of just simple exercise routines and meditation, a reward is given to the most outstanding among the students. This design is also considered as the carrot and the stick model in physical conditioning.

The black belt system is also considered to follow the long-term perspective in building young athletes. It offers no shortcuts and forces its students to exert maximum efforts to achieve their ultimate goal. During the process, the students are expected to fully integrate their adapted fitness regimen in their everyday lives.

Another fitness approach is identifying an individual’s immediate, short term, and long-term goals in fitness. Projecting a long-term fitness plan is good even among children and proves to be a prerequisite of identifying the short term and immediate needs of the learners. Setting a long-term goal would need projections towards at least six months to ensure that it will be doable in the remaining time. Short-term goals are typically laden with the details of the long-term goals but it is a detailed version of shorter periods of the long-term report. Finally, immediate goals are the ones set in very tight time constraints.

There are other approaches in ensuring fit generations, all of which falls to strong will driven by the deep appreciation of why being fit is important.

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