Crossfit Dublin Kids
Fit for life or Fat later in life… Crossfit Kids Update
In February 2012, I launched the Crossfit Kids programme in Blackrock. One of the main reasons for starting was to instil the value of fitness at an early age, and teach kids that fitness is fun. If children grow up associating working out with being something enjoyable and clearly seeing the benefits, then they are more likely to keep fitness as a priority throughout their lives.
Since starting, my little Crossfitter’s have achieved some great PR’s- double unders, rope climbs, 26 inch box jumps, push ups… putting a few adults to shame in the process! Not only that but they have made some great friendships, become more confident and learned the importance of teamwork.
A four year study, released last year, was carried out on the eating and exercise habits of 8,500 9 yr. olds and the results were frightening. Among the key findings was the fact that obesity in Irish children is higher than most other northern European countries, but similar to that of the UK, scary for such a small little Island!
In Ireland, it is currently estimated that over 300,000 children are either overweight or obese. Children who are obese between 6 months and 5 years of age have a 25% chance of becoming obese adults. If they are obese when they are over 6 this increases to 50% and obese adolescents are 80% more likely to become obese adults.
The latest report from the national study of Ireland, ‘Growing Up in Ireland’, found that 19% of all 3 year-olds are overweight, with 6% already considered to be obese despite their young age. It also found that 10% of children aged 5 to 12 are obese.
Obesity problems are caused by how much and of what, we are feeding our children combined with the low levels of physical activity. Dr Catherine Logon outlines “Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life means balancing energy intakes from all food sources, with physical activities which use up energy”
Growing up I would have spent so much time outside, ignoring my parents when they were trying to get me in for dinner! But for many different reasons…video games, iPads, safety issues etc. it seems like kids are spending more and more time sitting indoors. It’s so important to try breaking this cycle and getting them out and about participating in extracurricular activities.
So if you have kids or teens yourself get them active, spend the money on physical activities rather than GP visits down the line
The commitment to the future of this generation will help to make them faster, stronger and to become more confident. Priceless if you ask me!
Crossfit Kids Classes run Thurs@3.30 & 8.30am Saturday Morning. Crossfit Teen Class is running @ 4.30 Thurs