Childhood obesity is out of control and the poor quality of the food we give our children has been blamed for years. However, this epidemic does not have a single culprit; there are many other situations that are responsible. One of them, and my personal pet peeve, is using food as a reward to stimulate repeat performances or results, such as winning at a competition or earning good grades.
Childhood weight plays a major role in future obesity, according to a study of more than 7,700 kindergartners. Researchers measured the height and weight of a cohort of children seven times during the course of nine years and found that those who were overweight in kindergarten were four times as likely as normal-weight peers to become obese by age 14. In fact, nearly half of all cases of obesity observed between kindergarten and eighth grade occurred in children who were overweight at age five. This major study suggests that efforts to curb childhood obesity need to start before children enter school.
For most participants, Pilates is safe enough to do every day and it is recommended that beginners do so in order to obtain the desired rhythm and develop consistency. Once comfortable with the movements, you may want to take advice from Joseph Pilates himself who said, “I recommend four times a week.” Sounds like sage advice.
It doesn’t matter if you already exercise, if you are just starting out or simply thinking about it, the concerns are the same: what to do when things come up and you have to change your routine. You are left wondering how to make time for or start your exercise regimen.
Everyone knows that metabolism is the secret to weight loss, as it is responsible for the amount of calories the body burns as energy. In order to understand how aerobic exercise provides long lasting benefits, one needs to understand exactly what metabolism is and how it is affected by aerobic exercise.