Play & Fitness
Discover the science of how sleep quality and bodyweight are related with children.
Man, raising kids is hard. Before kids, we struggle to get ourselves to a point where we sort of feel like adults then BAM! Now we have to help someone else through the process. It’s like taking piano lessons and after struggling to learn your first song your teachers...
“Toys” can take on many forms for a child. From the well-marketed plastic renderings of the Disney character- of- the- day to empty cardboard boxes, a child’s imagination can turn inanimate objects into an inspiration to think, dream, and move. As kids are less...
Stretching....Is dead! Well, not really. (That’s just a really catchy headline.) In reality, the stretching we grew up with still has some benefit for our kids, we’ve just found it needs to be applied differently to provide a benefit. We’ve actually discovered that...
By Jeff King, MA, CSCS In part 2 of my series on training kids for sports, I discussed the importance of injury prevention, and specific solutions such as increasing work capacity, improving stability through movement, and addressing muscle imbalances. In this final...
With winter temperature dropping, it’s more important than ever that youth follow a proper warm-up before PE class, sports practice, or any other physical activity.
Below is a “plug and play” program for the first 15-20 minutes of your class, camp, or training sessions.
The program below is ideal for 6-12th grade, but can be adapted for younger kids as well.
We start with letters.
We learn that each letter had a sound.
These sounds can be put together in to words.
Words can then be put together into phrases, paragraphs, stories, and novels.
Pretty soon, we’re reading.
Literacy is developed by breaking down complex arrangements of words into their fundamental pieces.
Day 1: Exercise Challenge
By the end of the day, your family has to complete a total (added together) of:
1. 100 jumping jacks
2. 100 push-ups
3. 100 sit ups or crunches
4. 100 burpees
Day 2: Team Dinner (No Microwave)
Today, your family challenge is to choose a recipe and everyone has to make some part of the meal. No microwave allowed!
Sadly, it’s time once again to put away our team USA soccer jerseys and wait another four years before soccer becomes a central theme in the American sports conversation.
It’s not that team USA doesn’t have talent. We continually improve our showings in international contests. Many of our national team players have made significant talent contributions to elite foreign teams.
After all, Americans grow up in an athletic culture that offers a variety of competitive advantages.