We’re told more and more kids and teenagers are spending time sitting at computers, watching TV, playing on mobiles and tablets, often two screens at once! School holidays often lead to even more sitting and screens. A 2015 study by the Pew centre found 1 in 4 teens are ‘almost constantly’ online which can lead to poor posture, neck and back pain and headaches.
Regardless of the amount of time teens spend in front of screens being active and partaking in exercise and sport is an important part of childhood; they promote an active lifestyle, enhance social integration, helps teens manage their weight, improves self-confidence and assists in building a positive physical self-image. In most cases, sport and exercise even has a positive effect on academic performance and mental health.
Children who establish regular exercise habits will ideally continue them into adulthood. The Australian Government Department of Health recommends that all school-aged children participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day. Worryingly 9 in 10 Australian youth don’t move enough!
Many parents want to help get their children moving to develop and improve their strength, flexibility, co-ordination, fitness and posture but don’t know how.
Whether you child doesn’t move enough or one who is active and participates in regular physical activities, our teen-specific reformer classes are designed for those aged 13+ who want to increase their strength, flexibility, co-ordination and stability. Plus it is a group class so gives them some social interaction too!
Most importantly regular exercise building flexibility and strength can reduce injury and save pain and physio visits. Even active teens can be susceptible to overload injuries due to diminished flexibility and muscle-tendon strength mismatches (ie. Osgood-Schlatter and Sever’s disease).
Whether your child is a growing athlete or struggles to squeeze in the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day this class is perfect for them! All ages and abilities are welcome.