In the modern world where technology, video games and fast food is making life easier, a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet have taken its toll on the health of the population. The effects of this on kids are no exception. Research shows that approximately 30.2% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 years are overweight, and 15.3% are obese. According to the World Health Organisation children should be active for at least 60 minutes each day. This is to ensure optimum physical development in terms of bone strengthening, musculoskeletal growth, cardiovascular fitness and to minimise the rise of obesity.
A good workout to get your child involved in improving overall health and fitness could be Pilates, which is a safe and low impact workout. It is not recommended to expose young children to vigorous exercise, because children are continuously growing and developing muscle and skeletal wise. Pilates can help kids build strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination. Some of the benefits of Pilates for kids include;
• Increased flexibility
• Improved concentration
• Increased muscle strength
• Improved posture