Exercise guidelines

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Exercise can be seen as an importance in an individual’s life, regardless of age. With exercise comes various programs and within these programs come various forms of training. For children, one often finds that by doing exercise or resistance training, it can most certainly help adapt a child’s body yet at the same time help provide a more proactive and healthier approach. Often such training includes a wide array of guidelines, which cannot only help provide a safety environment but such instances tend to offer objectives and provide an understanding for all. Having a set of guidelines for children during or for training is no doubt of an importance in today’s day in age, especially with the risk of obesity on the rise. It could be said that a reason why one sets guidelines is simply to indicate what a child’s body needs and also wants. By having various guidelines can no doubt set a benchmark for children (and parents) to aim for, in knowing what they need to do in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthier body.

According to the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (2012:1), it can be estimated that one in three children are physically active every day and that although many parents provide healthy environments for their children, it is known that at least 41% get roughly 60 minutes of exercise at least one day a week. Such statistics are alarming, as many children don’t seem to be getting involved in activities as much thus being prone to a factor known as obesity. Before we go on, let us get a better understanding of two types of training, resistance and exercise. According to Ask.com (2014:1), resistance training can best be describe as the particular type of training which involves being able ...

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...utes of physical activity daily. Such activities should be moderate to high intensities thus including high intensity activities such as swimming 3 days a week and activities such as using weights to strengthen muscles and bones, at least 3 times a week. Within such guidelines, the child’s activities each day should last between 15 minutes or so including many aerobic activities with brief rests and recovery periods. Carefully analysis should take place, especially for children who are sedentary and aren’t familiar with the exercise environment.

According to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (2014:1), for various health benefits, children should actually minimize their time watching television or even being inactive due to other distractions. Such children or even the parents should minimize sedentary transport and rather spend maximal time outdoors.
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