The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 2 ½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (like walking) every week or 1 hour 15 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (like jobbing). CDC. Also recommends that adults work on building strong muscles, too—something for all major muscle groups at least twice […]
[amazon asin=1583334955&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Anne Marie Albano, author of You and Your Anxious Child
Topic: Free your child from fears and worries
Issues: What causes anxiety? What’s normal–and what’s not; Annihilating anxiety; when and how to get help; treatment options, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication
[amazon asin=0399534555&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Adam Cox, author of No Mind Left Behind.
Topic: Understanding and fostering executive control–the eight essential brain skills every child needs to thrive
Issues: How do children develop coordination, handedness, depth perception and other important skills; skills to emphasize during the magical windows of learning in kids, from birth through age six; what if your child has no interests in sports at all?
[amazon asin=1402748841&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Leonard Felder, author of Fitting in is Overrated.
Topic: The survival guide for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
Issues: The importance of being unique and different; giving children the strength to be individuals and, at the same time, to navigate the subtleties of belonging and making good friendships.
Think that you can’t get a fresh, new type of workout from equipment that’s centuries old? Think again. The kettlebell isn’t just one of the best workout devices for MMA fighters, it’s also one of the trendiest exercises in gyms today. The best part about working out with kettlebells is that it gets the job […]
Want to know one of the biggest predictors of chronic disease? Are you sitting down? Well, you shouldn’t be. According to researcher at the University of Western Sydney (Australia) and Kansas State University (United States), men who spend more than four hour per day sitting down are more likely to suffer from cancer, diabetes, heart […]
All teens (and the parents who feed them) should be pay attention to what they eat. But that’s especially important when that teenager is an athlete. In this guest post, Arica Wright talks about essential eating for teen athletes and those who love them.
Athletic teenagers don’t always make the best choices when it comes to choosing what to eat. Sometimes this is due to a lack of knowledge, convenience, availability of healthy food options or what tastes good. Teen athletes need extra calories for not only their sport, but also to fuel their growth. Without the correct nutrition, the athlete may not perform optimally, have enough energy to get through their practice or game and may end up causing growth or health problems.
Calorie and Nutritional Requirements
Dear Mr. Dad: My 9-year old son is sports obsessed and quite athletic. He’s involved in one sport or another all year long, and he recently told my wife and me that he wants to start lifting weights. Is it safe for kids that young to do weight training?
A: When I was about your son’s age, there were two things I really wanted to do: lift weights and throw a curve ball. I was told that both activities would do serious, irreparable, long-term damage: that throwing curves would strain my elbow and destroy my joints, and that lifting weights would stunt my growth. Several decades later, conventional wisdom has changed on both fronts. Curve balls, researchers now say, aren’t dangerous—but they aren’t necessarily safe either. More about the curve in a future column. But when it comes to kids pumping iron, there’s been a 180-degree change.