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Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit During the Off Season

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Fit During the Off Season

Coach Walls serves up some effective ways to help kids fight obesity all year long, and improve their game

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 people between the ages of 6 to 19 has obesity, which is excess body fat. A contributing factor to this problem is taking in more calories than are being burned. While it’s recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, many are falling short. There are millions of young people who participate in sports, but when their season is over for their sport of choice, they often don’t know what to do to keep fit until it starts back up again. The good news is there are things parents can do to help their kids keep fit during the off season.

How to Fuel Your Body for A Better Workout Performance

How to Fuel Your Body for A Better Workout Performance

 

March is National Nutrition Month, making it a great time to give some thought to properly fueling the body for optimal performance. Filling the body with the right fuel can help improve the workout performance of busy adults, as well as the millions of young athletes who play organized sports. While overlooking pre-workout nutrition is easy to do, it may come at a cost in performance. Taking the time to fuel your body the right way will help lead to optimal performance for both adults and young athletes alike.

Expert Tips for Helping the School-Aged Athlete Avoid Burnout and Injury

Expert Tips for Helping the School-Aged Athlete Avoid Burnout and Injury

According to Stanford Children’s Health, there are over 3.5 million children who sustain sports-related injuries every year. Add to that the notion that around 70% of kids who play organized youth sports quit by the time they turn 13, and it’s clear to see the red flags. Those who have a school-aged athlete can help them to avoid being injured and becoming burned out, leading to a longer love of and participation in sports.

5 Fitness Tips Every Teen (and their Parent) Should Read

5 Fitness Tips Every Teen (and their Parent) Should Read

There’s a lot of good reasons for teens to engage in exercising regularly and stay fit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that students who are physically active tend to have better grades, that higher physical fitness levels are associated with improved cognitive performance, and that those who participate in physical activities have fewer disciplinary problems. Add to that the fact that they will be laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and creating great habits, and it’s a great deal all around. Yet many teens and their parents have questions about fitness that may be holding them back.

Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Kids around the country are playing organized sports more than ever today. In fact, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) reports that youth in the country participating in sports went from around 18 million in 1987 to 60 million in 2008. While that’s good news, because of the many benefits that can be gained from keeping them active, there is also a downside that health professionals are beginning to caution parents about – early specialization and overtraining, both of which can become problematic and become detrimental for young athletes.

How Coach Walls Helps Take Athletes to the Next Level

How Coach Walls Helps Take Athletes to the Next Level

Ask any young athlete what they want to be when they grow up, and there’s a good chance most of them will say they want to a professional basketball player, football player, or other pro sports player.  The reality, however, is that very few of them will make it. Only the best that stand out will have a chance of going to the next level. In fact, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), reports that of the 8 million students currently participating in high school athletics in the country, only around 480,000 of them will go on to compete at NCAA schools. For those who want to have an edge in making it further, they often need someone to show them the way.

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

Want to help raise money for charity and get a good workout in at the same time? Those who join in on the Longest Day Fundraiser will be doing just that, by lifting weights for a great cause. The 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., located at 3160 Spring St., E-F, Fairfax, Virginia.  The open gym event will last through all of the daylight hours on that day, where participants can take part in the free training being offered.

“Last year, we raised around $5,500 for charity and we had a great time doing it,” explains Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “We hope to raise even more this year and give people a great workout while we are at it.”