"Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents," warns former Surgeon General Richard H.Carmona.
The nation, including our youth, is under siege by obesity, stress, and diseases like diabetes that stem from poor diet and lack of exercise. Physical inactivity, along with unhealthy eating patterns, is one of the major causes of this pandemic affecting our nation.
Children today are being raised in a digital environment where phones, iPods, laptops, and TVs are the norm.
The solution to getting kids off the couch is to make a change in their daily life; engaging in routine physical activity is the key.
One way for kids to achieve this is through the practice of yoga.
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Yoga can be a gentle method for your child to get more physical activity and enhance his or her well-being."
Why not try yoga for kids this fall? Children of all ages and sizes and varying degrees of athletic abilities can practice yoga, a noncompetitive form of exercise.
Yoga benefits all children, regardless of ability or disability status, gender, or athletic inclinations or talents.
The following ABC yoga routine, adapted from The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, written by Teresa Anne Power and illustrated by Kathleen Rietz, (published by Stafford House Books, Inc. in Pacific Palisades, California) is a simple way for children to jump-start into a fall health and fitness program.
- A is for the Airplane pose. This posture increases strength in the middle spine, helping to prevent low back pain. A healthy spine equates to a healthy nervous system
- B is for the Bridge pose, which is a great chest opener. It also strengthens the back, glutes, legs, and ankles.
- C is for the Candle pose, which teaches children how to focus on their breath to reduce stress and to stay calm and focused.
Get your child fit and focused this fall by incorporating these simple yoga poses into their daily routine.