Hey Mom and Dad, you don’t want your kids to suffer from America’s # 1 health threat – obesity – and all the problems that follow in its wake, right? If that’s true, then you’ll be interested in hearing about this simple, 3 step action plan.
The first step start young, before the obesity seed takes root, and choose any body weight based (gymnastic-like) activity that logically completes the following sentence. Obese people can’t do ________________________.
Second, help your kids learn to master that body weight based activity. Third, encourage them to maintain the ability to do that body weight based activity (which demands decent eating and exercise habits) so they will have actively armed themselves against obesity and all the related problems for life!
Multiple Possible Examples
There are many possibilities to choose from including activities such as rope climbing, hand stand push ups, single legged squats, parallel-bar dips, running fast, or jumping high. But one of the easiest examples to see is pull ups.
Let’s test pull-ups in order to see if they allow us to complete the sentence logically. Obese people can’t do pull-ups. Does anyone disagree with that statement? I sure don’t. I taught Physical Education for 17 years and I never witnessed an obese person who got even remotely close to a pull up bar, let alone actually do a pull up.
The second step is to help your kids learn to do pull ups. How do you do that? You can do it in a number of ways, but perhaps the simplest is to combine a set of height adjustable, suspension training straps with a technique called leg assisted pull ups. In this strategy kids are allowed to lower the grips to a point where they can jump and pull simultaneously (10 reps minimum) in order to find a successful starting point.
With that info in hand the idea is to raise the grips ONE INCH every other week which gradually reduces the leg assistance over time until they can physically pull their own weight (do pull ups) conventionally, without leg assistance.
Some Will Get There Quickly, While…
Some kids will master the ability in a couple months. Others will require six months or nine months. There are very few who will require a year or more to master this task. And in a small percentage of cases, learning this task will require an adjustment in eating and exercise habits (all body weight activities naturally reward good eating and exercise habits) in order to get your child across the finish line.
But once they cross that finish line and they’ve developed the ability to do conventional pull ups (or bar dips, hand stand push ups, or climb a rope, etc.) it becomes a simple matter of maintaining the ability and your kids will never have to wrestle with America’s # 1 health threat and all the accompanying problems. A weekly test that requires the closest tree limb and less than 30 seconds will assure them that they are eating and exercising well enough to avoid obesity. What an incredibly wonderful gift for any parent to give their children.