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KIDS AND EXERCISE: BENEFITS, RISKS & EXERCISE TIPS

  • By Lloyd Sarte

EXERCISE TIPS FOR KIDS AND TEEN

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adolescents should participate in at least 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily (1). However, less than 24% of children ages 6-17 meet this daily requirement (1). While community leaders and key stakeholders work to improve these statistics, parents can and should do their part. Here are practical tips to help build a foundation of success for childhood development.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Physical activity and exercise have positive effects on both physiological and psychological aspects in the development of a child. Positive effects include (1):

  •  Improvement in sleeping habits
  • Limiting the risk of obesity
  • Limiting the risk of chronic disease
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Reducing depression
  • Promoting healthy bone growth and muscle development

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MOVEMENT PREP: 3 EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WORKOUT WARM-UP

  • By Lloyd Sarte

For as many ways as there are to challenge the body in a workout, how many ways do we think about approaching our warm-up routine? How well prepared are our bodies for the stresses of the approaching workout?

Stephen Covey, author of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” wrote on the habits practiced by highly productive people every day. It’s the second habit of “begin with the end in mind” that is all too often missed when it comes to a workout, and especially the warm-up.

As a fitness voyeur, I tend to watch how people workout, especially their exercise selection and technique. And if the timing is right and I see them enter the gym, I watch how they prepare for the workout. Here are some of my observations and suggestions on how to tweak the elements for better results.

Step 1: What’s the Goal?

Beginning with the end in mind is a concept often lost when it comes to warm-up routines. As the workout itself is the primary focus, we sometimes give little thought on how prepared the body needs to be for the loads, speed and the positions it will be in during the session.

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HERE’S HOW TO ADD BATTLE ROPES TO YOUR TRAINING PROGRAMS

  • By Lloyd Sarte

On the ropes about battle ropes? See how to incorporate battle ropes into your personal training programs using the NASM OPT model.

Fitness has definitely changed over recent years, becoming smarter with the application of human movement principles and corrective exercise. Fitness now reaches an even wider audience online and through social media while also introducing new and innovative exercise equipment and programming to meet anyone’s goals or interests. One of those eye-catching pieces of equipment that has extended its reach is the battle rope. Battle ropes are easy to learn, easy to use and offer some serious strength and cardiovascular training results. This simple, yet fun and effective tool can be used by anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The questions now become: Is there a preferred method for using battle ropes in a training program? How do you use them correctly?......

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STRESS, CONSEQUENCES AND OVERALL HEALTH

  • By Lloyd Sarte

Stress stimulates appetite, it increases abdominal fat, it increases risks for disease and it can even play a role in our intimate relationships. The list could keep going, but what exactly is stress and how is it connected to all these consequences? Examine the concept of stress and discover how chronic stress can negatively impact specific physiological systems within our body.

 

Stress can be is defined as a nonspecific response to any stimulus that overcomes, or threatens to overcome, the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis or allostasis (state of equilibrium of the body’s internal biological mechanisms) (1). In other word.....

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