Kids spend too much time sitting and not enough time moving their bodies. Fitness is becoming a challenge for America’s children even in thriving upper-middle-class places like Orland Park. Childhood obesity is growing at a staggering rate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” An increase from 7% of American kids in 1982 to a whopping 18% in 2012 and the percentage is only projected to increase.

How do we combat this problem? We need to encourage kids to move more and stay active. However, we seem to give them activities that do the opposite. We load them up with video game consoles, television, and the Internet and somehow expect them to make fitness important. If you live in Orland Park where the winters are long what can you do?

If we are going to combat the sedentary lifestyle in the USA we need to start with our own kids. It is so terribly hard to get kids to understand the importance of nutrition but it’s not hard to teach them fun and since children enjoy fitness more if it has a goal in mind martial arts is perfect for this. In addition to fitness, participating in martial arts teaches your kids the important lifelong skill of setting and achieving short and long-term goals. Your kids will also learn:

Leadership
Discipline
Self-confidence

While martial arts is the perfect blend of fitness and self-development, your kids will just think its fun.

Pull your kids away from their smart phones, video games and the Internet and make fitness fun while contributing to their health and growth. Come try some test sessions at Martial Arts USA in Orland Park. Call us at 708.995.7974.