fit tackles football! The National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute (NYSHSI) and Sanford fit have joined together to promote the importance of making healthy choices as well as proper body mechanics for young athletes. Follow along with our fitSports video series for coaches and parents which provide wellness tips and interactive drills for skill development and motivation!
On or off the field, kids enjoy being active. Whether they are throwing the football or running around the playground, these movements are both fun and beneficial. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “Physical activity in children and adolescents improves strength and endurance, builds healthy bones and lean muscles, develops motor skills and coordination, reduces fat, and promotes emotional well-being (reduces feelings of depression and anxiety).” Daily activity creates a foundation for whole-health benefits that span a lifetime!
AAP guidelines also state: “The daily recommendation for physical activity for children 6 years and older is at least 60 minutes per day. The types of physical activity should be moderate to vigorous.” Activities should also be age appropriate, fun, and offer a variety of movements.
Achieving regular movement throughout the day can become challenging as your players get older. Busy schedules, increased schoolwork, choice of sedentary activities (i.e., video games, TV watching), and potential intimidation towards sports all can contribute to a passive lifestyle. Help your kids stay on track by providing numerous movement opportunities and serving as an active role model.
Looking for ways to include movement in your athlete’s day? Here are some ideas!
- Before school: walk the dog, morning stretches or yoga, walk or bike to school
- During school: active games in PE class and recess, fitBoost brain breaks in the classroom, take a walk or stretch break
- Afterschool: participate in sports or an after school program, play a fitGame, complete a fit Workout; plan active family gatherings with friends or family
In this edition of the Sanford fitSports video, we’ll see how an active lifestyle, proper mechanics, and body movements are influential when blocking in football. Think fit. Be fit!
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