One in five people between the ages of 6 to 19 is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While it’s recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, many are falling short.
There are millions of young people who participate in sports, but when their season is over for their sport of choice, they often don’t know what to do to keep fit until it starts back up again. The good news is there are things parents can do to help their kids keep fit during the off season.
“By taking steps to keep fit during the off season, your young athlete will be a better athlete once the season starts back up,” says Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “It’s important that they don’t hang up their equipment and call it quits for a few months. They need to do things to keep in shape all year long.”
Many athletes have the idea that in order to get better at their chosen sport they need to just keep playing more of that sport. Some end up playing their chosen sport 10-12 months out of the year. However, this is too much and will increase injury risks from not diversifying movement patterns.
It’s important to take a break from the favorite sport, but keep active and fit during that period.