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Fitness of Kids

Linda Stultz
Certified Fitness Trainer

Everybody thinks kids get enough exercise because they are always running around. Well, that may have been the case years ago, before video games, VCRís and the internet. The number of overweight youth in our country is alarming, and getting higher each day.

Kids need to develop an exercise and healthy eating program when they are little. We, as adults, need to set a good example. I realize with todayís busy lifestyle, it is very difficult to set aside time for exercise and a good balanced meal. It is much easier to grab fast food or pop something in the microwave and sit in front of the TV.

We need to take care of ourselves and teach our children how important it is to take care of their health. People donít think much about their health until something happens to them or a loved one. Once they decide they need to do something, sometimes they jump in too deep and too quickly. Health maintenance is the key to a long life. Keep your body fit before it breaks.

Exercise needs to be incorporated into your daily schedule just like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or any other activity that you do to take care of your body. Our muscles need attention too. The old saying "use it or lose it" really does apply to our muscles. If we sit too long, our muscles atrophy and it takes twice as long to build muscle as it does to lose it.

I am very interested in helping young people develop a good exercise program, so that when they get older they donít have to feel older. If you are involved with any youth groups, please think about adding exercise to your planned activities. Exercise can really be fun, as well as beneficial.

Remember, keep moving. Youíll be glad you did.

If you have any questions or need help getting started, please call me 717-334-6009, or via e-mail at fitness@emmitsburg.net

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