Flexibility in Kids

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Today’s Skill
Back Squats

Today’s Little Champs and Champs Workout
As Many Rounds As Possible in 10min
Run to Tree and back
15 back squats
Run to tree and back
15 push ups
Run to tree and back
15 pull ups

Today’s Game
Farmers and Lumberjacks
Kids are like little pretzels. It’s not that kids are salty and crunchy and edible, it’s that they have the ability to twist, turn and move every part of their body with ease. When I am coaching, I’m sometimes in amazement at how well these children can move their bodies. Young children are the most flexible, but they don’t stay that way forever. As we age our flexibility decreases, unless of course you work at maintaining it.

There are a few things to keep in mind when working with children while stretching. Stretching cold muscles is never a good idea. It’s important to warm up the little ones first by running around or dancing. Next, make sure to stretch both sides of the body evenly, especially after sporting events when soreness can occur. Thirdly, make stretching fun. Many yoga poses are great for improving flexibility and they have fun names, so get stretching with some happy baby and cat cow next time.

Journaling, an important piece of the program.



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