Keeping Children Within a Healthy Range Through Judo
Child obesity is a huge problem in the United States. Kids spend a lot of time playing video games instead of running around outside. It is important to note that obesity isn’t just a problem in terms of kids’ appearance, but can impact nearly every area of their lives.
- Obesity makes children more susceptible to diabetes and other diseases
- Kids who are overweight throughout childhood are more likely to be overweight as adults
- Obesity is linked to a high risk of heart disease
- Kids who are overweight struggle with self-esteem and feelings of self-worth
- Overweight kids may be teased or bullied at school
Some kids are naturally thin while others need regular physical activity to keep their weight within a healthy range. We’ve found that judo helps kids shed extra pounds and keeps them off.
The Physical Component
You probably know that we’ve got to burn more calories than we take in to lose weight. Martial arts classes provide an intense workout, one that burns a ton of calories.Through a combination of judo techniques, running, agility training, and stretching, children are constantly moving during class.
The Mental Component
Teaching kids to think of the food they eat as fuel for their bodies is key. A person who eats a healthy diet has more strength and stamina than someone who lives on junk food. Our instructors are all open to talk to kids about nutrition and the role it plays in their practice of martial arts. We aim to help kids develop a healthy relationship with food that will last a lifetime.
Healthy Habits Through Judo
Taking martial arts classes with us helps kids attack the obesity issue from both the physical and mental perspective. When they understand that moving their bodies makes them strong and lean, and that the food they eat plays a role too, they also learn healthy habits. Through judo, kids learn to take care of their bodies and appreciate them for what they can do.