Category Archives: Youth Fitness

  1. 10 Tips for Being Active Every Day

    The “sitting disease,” is a term used by our scientific community to describe individuals that engage in prolonged periods of sitting or overall inactivity. Even though sitting down all day may seem harmless, it has a negative impact on our health and it is literally making us sick and obese. This is why sitting is now considered the new smoking and too much sitting increases your risk of chronic health problems.

    Fit Kids are physically active and play for at least 1 hour every day and do activities that build their muscles, get their heart pumping, and make them feel good. A regular exercise program that includes circuit training exercise classes is ideal since it help kids to strenthen their muscles and get the cardio workout they need. Here are 10 tips to help your kids make physical activity a part of their day.

    1. Go for a Long Walk

    Go for a walk with your kids around your neighborhood or go to the nearby store instead of driving. Remember to always use sidewalks and crosswalks and take the stairs every chance you can get.

    2. Turn up the Music

    Dancing is a great way to get some physical activity and have some fun with your kids. Turn on your favorite hip hop, country, salsa, rock, or pop music songs and shake, rattle, and dance with your kids.

    3. Go Out and Play

    Badmington, basketball, soccer, and pickleball are all fun sports that you can play with your kids. Take your family to the local community center and choose an activity that everyone wants to do together.

    4. Plant a Garden

    Plant and grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables with your whole family. Creating a garden is tough work and a great way to keep kids fit. Get your kids to check on the plants and to water them every day.

    5. Be Active Inside

    A great way to stay active indoors is to workout with your kids. See how many jumping jacks, pushups, situps, and crunches they can do. You can also play a game of hide-and-seek or plan a scavenger hunt.

    6. Always Warm Up

    Always warm up with your kids before you do any physical activity and after exercising to cool down. Stretching warms the muscles up, makes joints more flexible, and may help protect against injury.

    7. Go Bike at the Park

    Grab your helmet and safety gear and go biking with your kids at the local park or greenway. Biking is a top-notch cardio workout that burns about 400 calories an hour and strengthens your lower body.

    8. Take Exercise Classes

    Exercising doesn’t have to be a boring.  Think outside the box by taking new classes. Mix it up by participating with your kids in classes that are more unusual, such as trampoline classes or dancing.

    9. Enter a Competitive Run

    Start small and sign up for a fun run. Just like you wouldn’t want to run a marathon as your very first race, children should build up to longer distances over time. Start with a fun run then go for the 5k run.

    10. Volunteer to Help Others

    Choose volunteer activities your kids can do where you will be on your feet and moving around. Make a difference helping others by picking up trash at the local park or helping a neighbor that is in need.

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    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Our program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for kids and teens between the ages of 8 to 18.

    We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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  2. Teen Weight Loss Secrets to Know

    Do you know why it is almost impossible to lose weight permanently as an adult? Studies show that most of the health habits that you developed during your childhood stay with you for the rest of your life. This is because habits are actions that we perform subconsciously and are very difficult to break.

    Even though we currently have over 37,000 fitness centers, our obesity epidemic continues to worsen. In fact the obesity rates in adults have skyrocketed from 27% in 2000 to 39.6% today. By 2030, half of all U.S. adults will be obese. The sad truth is that the health habits kids have are only getting worse.

    According to the AHA, “french fries are the most common vegetable that children eat, making up 25% of their vegetable intake” and “juice makes up 40% of children’s daily fruit intake.” Also, about 50% of preschool-aged children are not getting the amount of physical activity that is recommended.

    Technology, busy schedules, fast food, and lack of exercise are all factors that are contributing to our obesity epidemic. The truth is teens are learning many bad habits that are very difficult to change.

    Too Much Technology – These days, kids learn to use technology at such a young age that they spend their whole lives texting, playing video games, and staring at screens. The problem is that their bodies were created for movement and not this kind of sedentary activity which can lead to obesity.

    A Busy Lifestyle – Even though it is better for teens to be busy than lazy, packing their schedule with too many activities leaves little time left for play and relaxation. It is important for kids to have fun and do their own exercise through play while still having enough time for relaxation to avoid burnout.

    Fast Foods – According to the CDC, fast-food consumption has increased fivefold among children since 1970. The fact is a diet containing high levels of fat or sugar and few nutrients can cause teens to gain weight quickly. And poor health stemming from childhood obesity can continue into adulthood.

    A Sedentary Lifestyle – The CDC recommends that children get at least one hour of exercise daily to remain healthy. Unfortunately, most teens today are sedentary and the more inactive a child is, the greater the risk of many major health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

    How Your Environment Impacts You

    Our habits drive our lives and there are a millions things that we do every day without thinking. From walking to the store to brushing our teeth, our habits are all part of our daily routine. What you do every day ultimately forms the person that you are. Your life is essentially the sum of all your habits.

    Changing your habits and losing weight is a difficult but achievable goal, if you set yourself up for success. However, trying to commit to a drastic change and relying on your willpower alone will not work. The trick to building new healthy habits is to change the environment that is around you.

    According to studies it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic. In other words to eliminate or create a new habit it will take the average person about 66 days. It is very difficult to develop a new habit since it takes an enormous amount of willpower to do something for 66 days without succumbing to temptation. As a result, most of our daily lives are made up of the same habits.

    Your environment which includes your home, family, friends, location, school, work place, and lifestyle impacts you far more than you realize for better or worse. You simply can not make significant, lasting change without altering your environment. Changing it is the best way to set yourself up for success!

    Here are 6 ways teens can change their environment to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime:

    #1: Keep some foods out of your home.

    There are certain foods like ice cream, cookies, bags of chips, candy, and cheese that are just too tempting and it is best to keep them out of your house. If family members bring this stuff into the house try to get them on board with you to keep these tempting foods out. If they must have these foods in the house, get them to keep it out of sight or in a locked cabinet. It can really be that simple!

    #2: Keep only healthy foods in plain view.

    It is important that you keep your kitchen organized and only make healthy choices visibly available. You should always have plenty of fruits and vegetables around that are ready to eat in case you get hungry. By keeping your kitchen tidy and putting away tempting snacks, you will be less likely to grab something that is processed, full of empty calories, or quick. Which you will definitely regret later!

    #3: Know your weaknesses and triggers.

    What foods will make it difficult for you to stop eating once you already started? For me, I always keep cookies, ice cream, and chips out of my house because I can’t eat just a few. Likewise, make a list of all the foods that you can’t stop eating once you start. It is critical that you know what these foods are and try your best to stay away from them as much as possible. Find a healthy substitute for your triggers.

    #4: Reduce the amount of food choices.

    Sometimes having too much food in the house will get you to overeat. Try to keep your food choices as simple as possible and avoid a stuffed fridge or cupboards that overflow with different foods. Also, to avoid eating more than a serving, limit the meals your family prepares to one serving per person. Once you have your environment under control, you will be amazed how easy it is for you to eat healthier.

    #5: Change the people you hangout with.

    For better or worse, we become more like our friends and the people we hang around. Since your friends have a big impact on your habits, why not pick people who will have a positive influence? The best way to build a healthy lifestyle and improve yourself is to make friends with positive-minded people you admire and can learn from. Likewise, have the mindset that they can also learn from you.

    #6: Read books on nutrition and fitness.

    Reading allows you to shape your identity and increase your knowledge base. Surround yourself with books that will help you to make positive changes in your life. Learning about other people’s weight loss stories and struggles will help you to avoid those challenges yourself. There is also a lot you can learn from mentors by reading books and growing from their knowledge about food and nutrition.

    Teaching Kids Healthy Habits is Key

    If you want to help your child develop good habits that are associated with a longer and healthier life you have to start at a very early age. Being fit is all about learning balance and consistency while having the right guidance and support to be successful. At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids and teens (ages 8-18) the tools to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

    By combining nutrition, group support, and exercise classes, we provide a complete solution that empowers kids and teens to achieve their fitness goals. We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your teen become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. Thank you for visiting us!

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  3. Youth Exercise and Playing Sports

    The “sitting disease,” is a term used by our scientific community to describe individuals that engage in prolonged periods of sitting or overall inactivity. Even though sitting down all day may seem harmless, it has a negative impact on our health and it is literally making us sick and obese. This is why sitting is now considered the new smoking and too much sitting increases your risk of chronic health problems.

    The problem with kids and teens only playing sports and not focusing on regular exercise is that they will eventually stop playing sports. A recent study out of Harvard points out that “the majority of those who had played sports when they were younger no longer did, with a significant drop-off coming after age 26.” Instead of continuing to play sports as adults, most kids and teens become sports spectators.

    Why Kids Need Healthy Workout Habits

    Even though it is important kids have fun exercising and playing sports, we also need to teach them early in life that working out is a habit people use to practice self-discipline and perseverance, the same two skills required to create happiness and prosperity. People who approach exercise this way do it longer and outlive those who see working out as a chore or something that is done temporarily.

    The benefits of working out are too great to ignore since regular exercise prevents weight gain, increases energy and stamina, enhances sleep, and reduces the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and even depression. Working out also has many mental benefits since it gives kids the confidence and grit (mental toughness) they need to pursue their dreams and to reach their full potential.

    Over the past 16 years we helped over 1,000 teens achieve their fitness goals and transform their lives. By combining personalized nutrition, group support, and unlimited exercise classes, our program makes getting fit as easy as 1-2-3. It provides a complete solution that gives kids and teens (ages 8-18) all the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

    1. Personalized Nutrition Plan

    It all starts with a one-on-one nutritional consultation to better understand your child’s eating habits. Your health coach will prepare a nutrition plan that gives your family the flexibility needed to make permanent lifestyle changes. We will also train your family on how to build a healthy plate.

    MyPlate is an effective and simple way for your teen to learn how to make better food choices. Finally, your coach will keep track of your child’s monthly progress and offer the expert advice your family needs. After all, the key to lowering and maintaining weight is to follow a balanced nutrition plan.

    2. Group Support Meetings

    All our group support classes are designed to help our kids and teens stay motivated and on track to reaching their fitness goals. It is all about empowering them with all the tools to be successful and giving them the support they need to build their strength, confidence, and self-esteem.

    With the assistance of an expert counselor, our group support classes discuss positive thinking, body image, self-esteem, anti-bullying strategies, dealing with stress, goal setting, problem solving, nutrition, healthy recipes, food labels, teamwork, leadership training, and much more.

    3. Unlimited Exercise Classes

    All our exercise classes are designed to help our kids and teens get in shape no matter what their current level of activity is. Our circuit training classes combine short bursts of cardio with recovery periods to help your child burn more calories than exercising at the same pace in just half the time.

    Our classes stimulate the muscles while also keeping the heart rate elevated. Studies show that this is the best way to get the most from a workout. Each class is an hour long with 30 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of group support to help our kids and teens stay physically and mentally in shape.

    Schedule Your Free Class Today

    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Our program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for kids and teens between the ages of 8 to 18.

    We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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  4. Youth Fitness and Your Fit Family

    Studies show that to build lifelong healthy habits it is important to start early! The fact is fit people are healthier, live longer, and have a better quality of life. The risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and many other life-threatening diseases increases in proportion to the amount of extra fat the body has to carry.

    This is why it is critical that we train kids how to build healthy exercise habits at an early age. We also need to teach them that being strong comes through being conscious of the foods they choose to eat. Our Youth Fitness Program gives kids (ages 8-18) the tools to build healthy habits that last a lifetime.

    Over the last six years we have helped hundreds of kids change their habits and transform their lives. We can also help your family get fit! Here are 10 simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle:

    1) Set Early Bedtimes

    It is important that kids get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused. They also need more sleep than adults because they are in a time of fast physical, intellectual, and emotional growth. To help your child stay alert, experts recommend that they get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

    2) Eat Most Meals at Home

    Eating out can expose children to unhealthy food choices and inappropriate portion sizes. Studies show that kids who eat at home are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than children who eat most of their meals at restaurants. Eating at home is also a great way to teach your kids how to prepare meals, cook, and enjoy family time together.

    3) Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

    Most experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. It is also a great opportunity to get a healthy dose of essential nutrients. To get your kids ready for breakfast, consider making their bedtimes earlier each night so they have enough time to enjoy it.

    4) Limit Servings and Portions

    The main cause for excess weight is overeating. We want children to eat only when they are hungry and to stop when they are full. Since overeating is mainly a bad habit, limit your child to just one plate during meals. If he or she is still hungry always have veggies and salad available for a second serving.

    5) Make Fitness a Family Priority

    Take a walk early in the day with your family and again after dinner. Make fitness a family adventure! It’s the perfect way for your family to get physical activity during your special time together. Having the ability to move, breathe, and share life with your family will also help your kids feel more grateful.

    6) Stock up on Fruits and Veggies

    Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and very low in calories! A healthy snack will also help your child stay energized and alert during the day. To ensure your family gets plenty of fruits and vegetables each day, we recommend you always keep pre-washed produce available to simply grab and eat.

    7) Exercise at Least Twice a Week

    It is important that your kids exercise regularly not only to stay fit but also to perform better in school. According to experts “exercise boosts academic performance in various ways: allowing kids to focus on their school work; boosting their self-esteem and mood; and increasing blood flow to the brain.”

    8) Enjoy More Water, Less Soda

    When it comes to building lifelong healthy habits, drinking 8 glasses of water is a must. Kids cannot replace water with juices or diet sodas! Water helps us stay hydrated and increases our metabolic rate which is important for staying fit. On the other hand, juices and diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that have empty calories and are devoid of nutrients.

    9) Avoid Skipping Any Meals

    Skipping meals seems like a good way to help your family lose weight but it actually slows down your metabolism and causes your kids to eat more throughout the day. Studies show that kids who skip meals are more likely to be overweight than those who make eating a balanced meal a priority.

    10) Make it a Balanced Plate

    MyPlate is an easy to follow food guide that was created by the USDA to help parents feed their kids nutritious meals. With its new icon, MyPlate reminds us how to eat better by showing a balanced plate that divides the four food groups into equally sized sections: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, and Protein. During meal times make sure your child includes one food from each of the four food groups.

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    In our years working with kids and their families, we have observed that the number one desire of all parents is that they want the best for their child but they do not know where to start. So if you are a concerned parent our Youth Fitness Program was designed especially for you. It works for all kids!

    We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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  5. Nutrition Plan for Kids and Teens

    What kids and teens eat daily now will impact their health and quality of life for many years to come. The amount of food children eat is also one of the most important parts of building a fit lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight. Since children and adults have different calorie and nutrition needs, how much your child eats will affect their weight and risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

    MyPlate is an easy to follow food guide that was created by the USDA to help parents feed their kids nutritious meals. With its new icon, MyPlate reminds us how to eat better by showing a balanced plate that divides the four food groups into equally sized sections: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, and Protein.

    This is a big change from the food pyramid that made grains the largest food group by placing it at the bottom of the pyramid. As a result, the food pyramid overemphasized grains with 6-11 daily servings and gave less importance to vegetables and fruits with only 5-9 servings from these two food groups.

    The MyPlate icon makes it easier for kids and teens to eat healthy since now every food group has an equal portion on their plate. What your child eats and drinks will impact almost every aspect of their well-being including quality of life, risk of disease, self-esteem, academic performance, and energy. 

    MyPlate is a Great Visual Tool

    The USDA’s MyPlate program was designed to make balanced eating easy to visualize and apply to everyday life. Kids can clearly see that half of their plate should be filled with colorful fruits and veggies, about ¼ with lean protein and the remaining part left for grains, half of them being whole.

    But you might be wondering: Do I have to serve all the food groups at each meal? Do I really have to give my kids veggies for breakfast? If breakfast or lunch doesn’t include a veggie or fruit, give them at snack time or dinner. Use the plate as a guide for planning and serving a variety of healthy foods.

    The goal is to think of the plate as an entire day’s worth of eating: So, throughout the day, try to make half of what your kids eat vegetables and fruits, and the other half grains and protein foods. An occasional treat is fine, but be careful to limit foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients.

    You can teach your kids how to use MyPlate by focusing on these five simple messages: 1) Half of a healthy plate should always include fruits and vegetables, 2) Drink water instead of soda and sugary juices, 3) Make half of your grains whole, 4) Go lean with protein, and 5) Try more healthy snacks.

    The pictures on the left below show an unhealthy plate. However, by using MyPlate an unbalanced plate can easily become a balanced and healthy plate. It is all a matter of adding more fruits and veggies, cutting back on grains, and eating less carbohydrates, refined carbohydrates in particular.

    By changing the meals below from an unhealthy to a balanced plate, we reduced the total calories from 7,224 to only 2,399 calories. That is almost 5,000 less calories! Keep in mind that it is important to avoid fried foods and instead make grilling and cooking at home a daily habit. Also MyPlate is not just for kids, but for adults too. So get the whole family involved and start today making it a healthy plate!

    Schedule Your Free Class Today

    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids and teens (ages 8-18) the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. By combining nutrition, group support, and exercise classes, our Lean Teen Program empowers kids and teens to achieve their fitness goals. We are driven by a strong belief that every child deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential.

    It all starts with a one-on-one nutritional consultation to better understand your child’s eating habits. Your health coach will prepare a nutrition plan that gives your family the flexibility needed to make permanent lifestyle changes. Register today for a Free Day Pass so we can help your child to build healthy habits and get fit.  We look forward to serving you with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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