Frankie Benavidez, personal trainer at HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center, will be leading the new youth fitness program starting in January. Frankie is an American Collge of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and received his B.S in Health Fitness Specialist from East Carolina University.
Physical activity for today’s youth is more important than ever. Too many children spend too much time doing sedentary activities like watching TV and playing video games, and this can be detrimental to their health, now and in the future.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that all children have at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Many children get some amount of physical activity without even realizing it – playing at recess, walking to the bus stop – but to reach that 60 minute goal, a structured exercise program often needs to be introduced as well.
Benefits of Regular Exercise for Children
When youth exercise regularly, they experience many benefits that will have short- and long-term improvements on their health, including:Lower risk of heart disease
- Less likely to become overweight or obese
- Reduced risk of type II diabetes
- Stronger muscles and bones
- Improved flexibility
- Lower blood sugar and cholesterol
Besides these physical benefits, youth who exercise regularly are also more likely to experience improved academic performance and have a better outlook on life.
Youth Exercise Programs in Johnston County
HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center is starting a youth fitness program on January 6. The goal of the program is to create an environment where youth can come to receive exercise instruction under the direction of degreed and certified teachers outside of the school setting. There are two programs to choose from: Junior Fit and Teen Fit.
Junior Fit will be for ages 9-12 and is designed to introduce youth to stretching routines, exercise equipment, proper techniques, balanced workouts, and an overall knowledge of fitness.
Teen Fit will be for ages 12-18 and will feature timed challenges, workout stations, and the use of both conventional and non-conventional equipment.
Do my children need an exercise program if they already play on a sports team or have physical education classes at school?
Yes! Most children and teens receive physical education at school, but sometimes it may only be once per week. Many youth participate in sports programs, but these may also only be once or twice per week, and there is usually an off season. A structured fitness program can help supplement their sports, physical education classes, and other activities to make sure they receive the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.