Archive for March, 2013

Is strength training okay for my kids?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

And the surprising answer (or not surprising answer) is yes, if done properly.  As with most exercise routines, you must do them carefully. It’s important to always consult an exercise or health professional when starting a new exercise routine.  When it comes to your kids, it’s about strength training not weightlifting. The difference between the two is that strength training helps form good habits of proper technique and form. Whereas, weightlifting is often heard alongside words like bodybuilding and is more about bulking up rather than getting stronger.

Some great strength training exercises are the ones that focus on body weight as a form of training. Using equipment like the TRX, can teach proper form, while getting in a good strength training workout. Also resistance exercises like using the Lebert Buddy system, or resistance bands can provide a good lower impact workout. Since kids are still developing, it’s important not to exercise too hard, impacting fragile joints and muscles, which could be problematic when they get older. It can also affect growth plates, which can be very detrimental to future growth and ability. Again, if done properly, under supervision, strength training can be great for kids.

Here are some benefits that strength training can provide to your kids by:

  • Increased endurance and strength
  • Contribute to overall performance in activities (i.e. dance, soccer, tennis, etc…)
  • Training for injury prevention
  • Keeping them on track for healthy body weight

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What’s a walking desk and should I get one?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Something that we are always preaching is for people to get more exercise on a daily basis. Many people find it tough to get to the gym everyday, but someone came up with a great solution for that. Bring the gym into your workplace. For those with sedentary office jobs, sitting can be very painful and bad for your body. Someone had a brilliant idea to bring the treadmill into the workplace, and thus the walking desk was born. A walking desk is a combination of an elevated desk, with a treadmill in the place of where a chair would be.

Obviously a walking desk might not be practical in every application or every office space, but it is clearly worth checking out. There is a great article we came across touting the benefits of an walking desk. You can check it out here:

It can do everything from help improve your posture, help you burn more calories, and even increase your energy. Our answer to the question: Should I get one? Is of course a definite yes! If you can get one, if you work from home, or if your office allows for it, we think it would be a great idea. The article shares a few drawbacks, and of course you should do your research to make sure it is right for you.

We think that any device, technology or idea that helps incorporate more exercise into your life, is always a good thing. Can’t wait to see what they will think of next!