One of the challenges in today’s environment is getting kids or teens active and mobile. Children in today’s world are more challenged to spend enough time working on their physical fitness. Internet games and on-line schooling cause children to spend a lot of time, maybe too much, behind a computer. Kids mobility and fitness clinics are being introduced at Be Well Medical Center.
Notably children within the age of 8 – 13 years, going through their growth spurt, need to give attention to their physical development. The physiotherapists at Be Well Medical Center, supported by our doctors, have developed a fitness clinic. This is to help children understand their body, the importance of exercising and improving strength and mobility.
General movement and strength training can support the body’s growth and development whilst instilling great fitness habits at an early age. We want to make the sessions fun and engaging. However, having a structured plan ensures we focus on technique and body safety.
Our fitness clinic starts with the physiotherapist assessing the whole body and how it moves and functions. This then determines which area is needing to be a focus whether that would be mobility or flexibility &/or strengthening. Weight and measurements are taken then objectives are then set via a fitness and activity plan. We believe that a “one size fits all” approach to physical fitness, with this age group, is not the right way. Each child will have different abilities and their maturation can be differ between each child.
These fitness sessions are great for those children who need to start a fitness routine. Children can add these clinics to their regular fitness or sports schedule. Good movement and flexibility are important for children wanting to excel at sport. The physiotherapists will also provide instructions for ‘home exercising’ in between the clinics.
The fitness clinics, comprising of groups no larger than 3 people are closely supervised by the physiotherapists. This is to ensure that the exercises are done correctly and to not aggravate an existing body issue.
The hour-long sessions start with a warm up and finishes with a cool down. This routine before and after exercise is vital. A warm up before any exercise helps reduce muscle soreness and decreases the risk of injury. A cool down recovers the body to its pre-exercise blood pressure and heart rate.
Be Well Medical Center strongly believes that children between the ages of 8 to 13 years, male and female are going to benefit from attending these fitness clinics. Our kids mobility and fitness clinics focus on strength and flexibility.
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