Parents and caregivers know a lot about what it takes to keep a growing child healthy. Balanced meals, plenty of nutrient-rich foods, access to health-care, weather-appropriate clothing, and a safe, nurturing environment top the list. But do you know what the physical activity guidelines are for children? Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published their recommendation, which is 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day. What does that entail?
- Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity and should include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
- Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
- Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
There are some incredible benefits when children participate in daily movement. Along with the physical benefits of improving cardio-respiratory fitness, building strong bones and muscles, weight control, and reducing the risk of developing a number of health conditions, there are mental and emotional benefits, too. Higher physical activity can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance (concentration, memory), and classroom behaviors than their physically inactive peers.
Despite the the very positive effects of physical activity for children, recent studies indicate that only 24% of 6 to 19-year-old children and adolescents in the United States had the opportunity to get 60 or more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on at least 5 days per week. If your child falls into 76% of children and adolescents that aren't enjoying the many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits of daily physical activity, we want to help you change that.
Let us introduce you to Cal Fit S.Q.U.A.D. This unique 4 week youth training program is designed to include both fitness beginners and athletes who want to improve their strength, quickness, unity, agility, and development. Your child will participate in fun goal setting and motor skill developing activities while learning accountability and teamwork through fitness. Not only will they have the opportunity to enjoy regular movement, this program will help instill in kids a love of physical fitness.
S.Q.U.A.D. is open to both Cal Fit members and non-members, ages 9-14. The coaches are trained to make fitness fun for kids of all abilities--they don't need to be elite athletes to benefit from S.Q.U.A.D.! It's an exciting, interactive program that helps kids get comfortable with gym equipment, gain confidence about spending time in the gym, and learn stretches and warm up activities they can do anywhere that will help prevent injury. S.Q.U.A.D. teams meet twice weekly during a 4 week period at several of our locations.
Click here to learn more and enroll your child in S.Q.U.A.D. at a California Family Fitness near you this summer.