Grown Folks’ Business: Are Fitness and Fashion Trends Too Much for Kids?

 

As I stare as YET ANOTHER picture of an airbrushed, dead eyed fashion model, I overhear a news report-they now make Spanx for teenagers. I shake my head and go on with my day. Later that day, I hear an afternoon radio show topic discussing plus sized clothing for girls…again-I shake my head. Then I hear on public radio that thye have Cross Fit for kids. A 10-year-old was bragging that he just did a 85 pounds deadlift. And that’s when I’d had enough.

Spanx? Cross Fit? Really?  Let’s first discuss the concern that I have about the plus sizes for girls. While I see the benefit-which is appropriate fashion choices for young ladies who are a little bigger than other girls their age instead of wearing clothing designed for grown women. But does that just encourage the poor fitness and eating habits because they know they will be able to fit into something that’s cute and styled for a kid?

And then moving on to the Spanx. Are young women so brainwashed to think that they have to basically wear a modern day corset to look good? I understand wanting to look nice for that special night out or for your wedding. But gym class? Walking home from school? I know grown women do it, so clearly that’s where they get it from, but where does it stop?

Cross Fit. I know that lots of people love it-and that’s great! It is something that gets people moving. But I question the safety of 4 and 6 year olds lifting weights. What I do know is that according to a 2008 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics that it is safe for children to starts lifting weights at 8. Most doctors recommend high repititions, low weights for pre-pubesent children.

So, while I know that everyone while too look good and feel good, when it comes to kids you have to wonder, at what cost? I think its just fine to hide a bulge or two occassionally, but that should not take the place of a good diet and exercise. Exercise and sports help kid’s self esteem and of course their fitness, so encourage age appropriate activity, make it fun and interactive-not an overstressed, sprint to “perfection”.

Jump into Juicing or Stuck on Smoothies?

The debate rages on! I know people who swear by their homemade green juice in the morning. There are others that can’t go without a smoothie after a workout. Here is some infomation that might help you decide:

Smoothies:

  • To make a smoothie, all you need is a blender. Simple!
  • Smooth move…smoothies retain the fiber of the fruits and vegetables in them. Juices don’t.
  • Speaking of fiber, because of it the sugar and calories from smoothies are absorbed more slowly so it can help stablize blood sugar levels and energy levels.
  • Annnnd more on the fiber-smoothies also help promote weight loss because the fiber helps you feel fuller longer.
  • Make it a meal by adding some protien to it!

Juicing:

  • Making your own juices requires a juice extrator or citrus press. The really good ones can get expensive, but are worth it!
  • Faster than a speeding bullet! By juicing you can get a high conentration of micronutrients absorbed into your bloodstream because of the dcreased amounts of fiber in the juice. Proponents of juicing say that because of this, you receive better nutrition.
  • Detoxes your liver. Juice can help to detocify and “de-sludge” the liver.
  • Don’t worry. Be happy! Juicing is said to help ward off depression due to the high concentration of minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and folic acid.
  • Juicing also has anti-aging properties from the antioxidants contained in the juice (blueberries especially!) that defend against wrinkles, and muscle tone loss.

So, although they both have their pros and cons, I think that it comes to preference. Which one is for you?

Waaaaaakkkkkkkeeeee Uuuuuuuupppppp! Are Morning Workouts Worth It?

(Anyone who knows where I got that movie quote from gets to snooze for 5 extra minutes!)

So, I get it. Its not fun waking up in the morning at  5 am to workout. Sometimes its cold, you’re sleepy and well, your breath isn’t always minty fresh after that deep sleep. But, there are some compelling reasons to get your butt up outta the bed and get moving. Here are the top 5:

1. Get it over with already!

  • The place: Your bed. The time: Every day you get up and go to work.
  • You get up, survive your commute to work and skip lunch because you are “too busy”.
  • You say to you yourself “I gotta workout after work.”
  • You continue your day and before you know it, it’s 6:00 pm.
  • You get home, eat dinner, get the kids situated, watch a little television and WHAM! It’s 9:00 pm. And no workout.

It happens. But it happens less when you workout in the morning.

2. You get a Boost for breakfast!

Working out in the morning helps to burn  calories after you finish working out. EPOC-excess post-exercise oxygen consumption helps to boost your metabolism 30-60 minutes post exercise.

3. Brain candy!

Your brain needs oxygen. Exercise gets the blood flowing and oxygen pumping. Exercising can increase mental sharpness for 4-10 hours post workout. Might as well get it poppin’ in the morning. Plus, it saves you time and money from that skipped trip to Starbucks.

4. Eat Better

You start the day doing somthing healthy, you are more likely to be even more mindful of how you maintain your health-which includes selecting good foods that fuel your body.

5. Free your mind!

Early in the morning, its quiet. Not even the busiest of four-year-olds gets up regularly at 5:00 am. You can clear your head and get your mind right for the rest of the day by taking the time out to exercise in the morning.

So, what do you think? Morning exercise yay or nay? Its at least worth a try!