As you’re doing your best to encourage your child to sign up for sports teams and incorporate a lot of movement during their free time, strength training exercises are at the top of the list when it comes to helping your child lose weight and prevent obesity.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom found that strength training or resistance training workouts strengthen bones, targets major muscles, burns fat and lowers overall body mass.
What Are Strength Training Exercises?
Lots of squats, push-ups and lunges — engaging your child in these exercises are the first step to helping them stay fit and keep the weight off.
Squats are an excellent exercise for individuals of all ages. Not only do you strengthen the glutes and hamstrings, but you also engage your core muscles in the process.
- Start by standing with your feet hip-width distance apart and place your arms beside you.
- Keeping the core tight and engaged, push your hips back and bend your knees to lower down to squat while simultaneously raising your arms overhead.
- Once you squat as low as you can, making sure that your knees are behind all your toes, straighten your legs to come back to starting position and repeat.
Push-ups target your arms, shoulders and abs and boost strength in your upper body.
- Get into a high plank position with your shoulders stacked above your wrists and your hips in line with your shoulders.
- Keeping your elbows close to your body, bend your elbows to lower your chest toward the floor.
- Immediately push back up and repeat. You have the option to take these on your knees if you like.
Lunges are another exercise that engages the core and promotes strength in the lower body. Lunges also improve overall balance and hip flexibility.
- Step forward with one leg and keep your upper body straight with your shoulders relaxed.
- Keeping your core tight and engaged, bend your knees to lower down and make sure your front knee is stacked above your ankle. Try to straighten out the back knee, or lunge with a slight bend in the knee.
- Keeping the weight in your heels, push back up to the starting position and repeat using the other leg.
Engaging in a strength training routine helps to boost metabolism, which further burns fat and helps to keep your child fit and healthy.
With childhood obesity on the rise, it is important to ensure your child gets ample exercise over spending too much time with video games, even if this means designing a workout routine to do together.
Maintaining your child’s health is your number one priority as a parent. It’s important to make sure that your child gets enough exercise and has a healthy diet that consists of lots of fruits and veggies.
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Now, T. (2018, September 20). Childhood obesity: Squats, push-ups and lunges can help children shed weight faster and stay fit. Retrieved from https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/childhood-obesity-squats-push-ups-and-lunges-can-help-children-shed-weight-faster-and-stay-fit/287630