Today is Free Comic Book Day!

 

 

Black Wonder WomanWhat does that have to do with fitness and wellness you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. I love superheroes! So naturally I love comic books. I love the art, the colors, the story lines, the strong characters-especially the female characters.

I was a huge Wonder Woman fan growing up-mostly of the TV show but as awesome as that was isn’t that enough? To me, comic books and their female heroines-and supervillans-showed a depiction of female strength even if it is exaggerated at times. i mean, don’t get it twisted, I know the danger of the totally fabled body type that is often presented in the comics, but to their credit, it is often countered with at least a story line to demonstrate strong, intelligent and capable women with often superhuman abilities.

Modern comic books have more diversity than ever and to me, it is important for me to show my son multidimensional characters that challenge the norm.

So check out www.freecomicbookday.com and find a location near you that has events and of course-a free comic book!

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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”.