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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Active kids

Early start: Trainer Jane Woodhead keeps a close eye on six-year-old Jasmine's technique

As the amount of overweight children increases, parents are continually looking for solutions to the problem. One such solution that is on the rise is the hiring of a personal trainer for children. The benefits of personal trainers are aplenty – not only do they teach correct posture, techniques, and stretches to prevent later injury problems, but they also install a exercise routine at a young age which is more likely to stick throughout the adult years.

It is recommended that children should get at least an hour of physical activity a day but many fail to get this. By hiring a trainer there would be time set aside to make sure this is happening. However is something once only used by yummy mummies to maintain a certain body image really suitable for young girls? Girls in particular are vulnerable to worrying about their body image and by starting them with a personal trainer at such a young age is there a danger of adding to this? Yana, a mother who hired a trainer for her six year old daughter Jasmine, disagrees. ‘I’d like to think they’re not swayed by images of skinny women in magazines. Certainly, at Jasmine’s age, it’s not an issue. If anything, they are learning to equate exercise with fun, feeling good and being healthy, not as a desperate attempt to lose weight.’

Certainly a lot depends on having the right personal trainer with experience in dealing with children and who is able to make exercise fun, get this right and you could be on to a winner!

-Emma Hatherall
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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