As a certified K-12 grade Health and Physical Education teacher in the State of Pennsylvania and a childcare worker I see children getting fatter. Children need to work on the three key elements of fitness endurance, strength and flexibility. Endurance is developed over time as children participate in aerobic activities. During aerobic activities the heart beats faster and they breathe faster. When done regularly over time it strengthens the heart and improves the body’s ability to circulate oxygen.
Elementary schools across the United States are trying to fight the battle of the bulge. Children need to exercise more! It has been recommended children over the age of two get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise on most day preferably all days of the week. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. Today 1 out of 3 children are considered overweight or obese in the United States. If the rates continue at this pace 75% of children will be overweight or obese by 2015. Programs have been started during recess to encourage children to walk laps to earn prizes. Recess is usually only 30 minutes so we need families to encourage their children to exercise at home as well.
I have found two products that are specially made with children exercising in mind. They are the Youth Timex Collection Tween Digital and Timex IronKids sports watch. Children like to see how fast or how long they exercise. What better way to encourage children to exercise is by having their very own watch? The Youth Timex Collection can be clipped the child’s belt loop making it easy to workout and share. The Timex IronKids watch is the first child’s sport watch with fun colors and easy to use features. It comes in two colors variations blue/black and pink/silver.
I personally founded the Jamison Elementary School Roadrunners running program in 2005. To read more about starting you own running group read my blog titled “How to Start A Children’s Running Program” I am a mother of three children ages 9, 6 and 1. Her 9 and 6 year old girls think nothing of lacing up for a local 5K race. For Timex IronKids and Youth Times Collection Tween Digital visit Web Warez Watches.com