It really is alarming; nearly 31% of Canadian children and youth 5-19 years of age are overweight or obese. And if the trend continues, we’re going to end up with an adult epidemic of obesity. It’s no secret that we have a physical activity deficit in our country. So, emphasizing the importance of physical activity early in life to create habits leading to a healthy lifestyle, is paramount! Hey mom and dad, can you play a role? You bet you can….
We often hear funny stories like a mother purchasing their 12-year-old son a new pair of shoes and new pants only to discover a month later, he’s complaining that he can’t make them fit!! Geesh. Funny too, is that he liked a girl in school but she grew taller than him; a deal breaker apparently. What a time for crazy growth spurts!!
It seems that most of us have some vague understanding of when we need to replace our old running shoes. We usually base it on the outward look of the shoe. When our big toe starts to push through the top, we figure that’s a dead giveaway. Sometimes, when we have a big race coming up and want to make sure we get ‘geared up’ for the big day, we buy new shoes.
Gone are the days when weight training (strength/resistance training) was seen as an odd, testosterone-filled activity for Eastern bloc weightlifters and narcissistic bodybuilders. Weight training has long since become mainstream as an important addition to the workout program for countless individuals.