Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/%2A en The Case for Competition in Youth Sports http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-case-for-competition-in-youth-sports <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-case-for-competition-in-youth-sports" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/youthfootballpixabay.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The lessons kids learn on the field prepare them for life. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>By far the most popular spectator sport in America is football. No other sport even comes close. The juggernaut of football is an impenetrable fortress that will forever represent itself as America&rsquo;s modernly anointed past time. <strong>But there&rsquo;s one problem with the assumption that football will reign supreme for all time</strong>: While football is in a state of steady growth in terms of popularity as a spectator sport, the sport itself is in declining in terms of player participation at the youth and high school levels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-case-for-competition-in-youth-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition football kids sports Family & Kids Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 167251 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Exploitation of Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-exploitation-of-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-exploitation-of-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/footballcamphl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Don't fall victim to an industry whose interest is money, not your child's wellbeing. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>The world of youth sports has been infiltrated by con-men.</strong> Not only will they take your money, but they will also leave your son or daughter less powerful and more likely to be injured. While I&rsquo;ve found the most honorable, giving, and caring people in my life within sports and performance training, there is a developing industry built on exploiting the desires of athlete and parent for financial gain, no matter the cost.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> More Work Isn&#39;t Better Work</h2> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-exploitation-of-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fitness industry youth athletes youth coaches Family & Kids Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +0000 166951 at http://breakingmuscle.com Protect Your Kids From the Danger of Taking No Risks http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/protect-your-kids-from-the-danger-of-taking-no-risks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/protect-your-kids-from-the-danger-of-taking-no-risks" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201607/swingshl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Hypervigilant parenting may insulate your child from short-term risk, but it sets them up for long-term problems. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>It&rsquo;s summer and the kids are driving you crazy.</strong> They are so needy, and messy, and why won&rsquo;t they just play quietly? When the kids come home for summer it can be a nightmare for your productivity. Of course it&rsquo;s a great opportunity for quality experiences and vacations, but at some point you&rsquo;ll have to take care of things - maybe your own health.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/protect-your-kids-from-the-danger-of-taking-no-risks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids lifestyle play Family & Kids Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000 166461 at http://breakingmuscle.com What Your Kid Needs to Know About Exercise http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/what-your-kid-needs-to-know-about-exercise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/what-your-kid-needs-to-know-about-exercise" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/recessheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The main reason our kids don't exercise is that the message we give them about it is all wrong. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><div class="rteleft"> <span style="font-size:18px;"><em>&ldquo;All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.&rdquo;</em></span></div> </blockquote> <div class="rteright"> <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en" target="_blank">-Sir Ken Robinson</a></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/what-your-kid-needs-to-know-about-exercise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids fitness kids strength training physical education Family & Kids Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165976 at http://breakingmuscle.com Pulling the Plug on Xbox Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/pulling-the-plug-on-xbox-fitness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/pulling-the-plug-on-xbox-fitness" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/xboxfitness2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If fitness is a growing industry, why did the software giant back out? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>On June 27th, <a href="https://microsoftstudios.com/news/2016/06/27/xbox-fitness-sunset-announcement/" target="_blank">Microsoft announced</a> they will <strong>discontinue their Xbox Fitness service</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/pulling-the-plug-on-xbox-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Trending Family & Kids Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000 165961 at http://breakingmuscle.com Chasing Rabbits to the NFL: Lessons From Muck City http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/chasing-rabbits-to-the-nfl-lessons-from-muck-city <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/chasing-rabbits-to-the-nfl-lessons-from-muck-city" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/flagfootballheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You don't need world-class facilities to foster young athletic talent. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>In 2007, <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=adelson/070416" target="_blank">ESPN ran a story</a> about the rich talent pool coming from the region they call Muck City.</strong> Located on the banks of Lake Okeechobee in the Florida Everglades, Muck City features two towns: Belle Glade and Pahokee. Together, these towns have a combined population less than 30,000.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/chasing-rabbits-to-the-nfl-lessons-from-muck-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> agility breakingmuscle football youth Family & Kids Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165571 at http://breakingmuscle.com Organized Sports or Trees? Choose Your Risk http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/organized-sports-or-trees-choose-your-risk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/organized-sports-or-trees-choose-your-risk" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/boy-874013.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Organized sports are great for kids, but they're also risky - just like climbing trees. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>I read two articles recently that got me thinking about the modern state of parenting. One was titled, <em>&quot;<a href="http://www.journalofplay.org/sites/www.journalofplay.org/files/pdf-articles/8-2-article-we-dont-allow-children-to-climb-trees.pdf" target="_blank">We Don&#39;t Allow Children to Climb Trees</a>.&quot;</em> It was a discussion of new restrictions put in place by early childhood education providers in Norway.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/organized-sports-or-trees-choose-your-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids kids sports Trending Family & Kids Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000 165291 at http://breakingmuscle.com Athletic Training for Pre-Adolescents http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/athletic-training-for-pre-adolescents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/athletic-training-for-pre-adolescents" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/kidscoachcolorheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Avoid the temptation to specialize your kids too early. Focus instead on intelligent progression and quality movement. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> I&rsquo;m often approached by parents of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who wonder if resistance training is safe to start with their son or daughter.<strong> In short, the answer is yes.</strong> But doing it right requires intelligent progression, and parents and coaches of youth must understand that athletic development is a long-term process.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/athletic-training-for-pre-adolescents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids fitness Technique Technique teen fitness Family & Kids Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165191 at http://breakingmuscle.com Dad Bod Is a Lie http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/dad-bod-is-a-lie <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/dad-bod-is-a-lie" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201605/dadandkids.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Your fitness journey doesn't end when you have children. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>You might have seen articles floating around the Internet about &ldquo;dad bod.&rdquo; <strong>Dad bod is the new somatotype for suburban American fathers</strong>. <a href="http://www.today.com/style/barbie-s-beau-ken-gets-dad-bod-hipster-makeovers-shopping-t71091" target="_blank">A certain toy manufacturer has even proposed a new makeover for Ken doll</a>, which would include more dad bod features, such as &ldquo;a lack of six-pack abs, minimal muscle tone, and an untucked plaid shirt.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/dad-bod-is-a-lie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family family fitness parenting priorities Technique Technique Family & Kids Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000 165101 at http://breakingmuscle.com Quit Dieting: Your Kids Are Watching http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/quit-dieting-your-kids-are-watching <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/quit-dieting-your-kids-are-watching" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/stopdietingyourkidsarewatching.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A child's healthy relationship with food starts with you. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="color:#b22222;"><strong>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m on a diet, so I usually prepare something different than what my kids are eating.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I hear this too often from people who are either currently on a diet or have been on one in the past. <strong>Since their kids eat &ldquo;kid food&rdquo; like nuggets, fries, lasagna, fast food, or pizza, they have to prepare boiled chicken and asparagus to eat on the side</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/quit-dieting-your-kids-are-watching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family Family Meals habits kids nutrition nutrition nutrition Family & Kids Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000 164396 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Healthy Nation Must Start at School http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-healthy-nation-must-start-at-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-healthy-nation-must-start-at-school" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/uncrustablesvsrealfood.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You'd have a hard time coming up with a better recipe for obesity than the formula currently in use in school cafeterias. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> Eating and school. These two topics are intertwined in the minds of many adults. <strong>Most Americans have vivid, emotional memories of their time in school.</strong> We remember the teachers, the smells, the bells, and the rectangular pizzas and sloppy joes sold in the cafeteria.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-healthy-nation-must-start-at-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Family Meals nutrition nutrition obesity school lunch Family & Kids Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 164376 at http://breakingmuscle.com It's Time to Reform America's Bad Habit Factories http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/its-time-to-reform-americas-bad-habit-factories <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/its-time-to-reform-americas-bad-habit-factories" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201603/boredkids.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Our education system is perpetuating our health crisis. These are the strategies to turn the tide. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>Habits, more than anything else, dictate our behaviors and daily actions.</strong> But society has come to view habits as external conditions that happen to us. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James" target="_blank">William James</a>, the father of psychology, once said, &ldquo;[A]ll our life&hellip; is but a mass of habits&hellip; bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/its-time-to-reform-americas-bad-habit-factories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle habits kids nutrition nutrition Strength youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000 163391 at http://breakingmuscle.com Don't Race: The Cost of Early Athletic Specialization http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/dont-race-the-cost-of-early-athletic-specialization <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/dont-race-the-cost-of-early-athletic-specialization" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201510/andrew1021header.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Ask yourself whether the cost of pushing children down the path of expected elite performance is worth it. Because all the statistics say it isn’t. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Let&rsquo;s imagine you are the crew chief of a race team with a single car to race. <strong>This weekend your job is to see to it that your team does as well as possible</strong>. If everything goes well, you might even pull off a win.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/dont-race-the-cost-of-early-athletic-specialization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Technique youth athletes youth development youth sports Family & Kids Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000 155981 at http://breakingmuscle.com A 4-Week Plan for Getting Started With a Jogging Stroller http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-week-plan-for-getting-started-with-a-jogging-stroller <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-4-week-plan-for-getting-started-with-a-jogging-stroller" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201508/cropshutterstock215475844.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Running with a stroller is humbling and difficult, but it can also help you improve. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Being a parent can make you better at life or it can make you worse. </strong>There is very little grey area. There are some things I&#39;ve gotten worse at, like keeping up with the laundry and drinking coffee in moderation. But in other areas, I&#39;ve improved, thanks to my three kiddos. One of those areas is running.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201508/texastough10kkids.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-week-plan-for-getting-started-with-a-jogging-stroller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> babies breakingmuscle endurance family parenting parents runners running Family & Kids Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:00:00 +0000 154796 at http://breakingmuscle.com Life After Kids: 4 Weeks to Get Your Fitness Back http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/life-after-kids-4-weeks-to-get-your-fitness-back <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/life-after-kids-4-weeks-to-get-your-fitness-back" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201507/shutterstock57798361.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Having a family can be a roadblock or an opportunity. It's up to you. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>My six-year-old daughter is off school for the summer, and she&rsquo;s been having fun taking care of her two younger siblings, ages four and almost two.<strong> The other morning she decided she wanted to get them dressed.</strong> I told her to give it a shot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>About fifteen minutes later, she paraded them in proudly. Their outfits matched and she had proven to be adept with the diaper. She had even brushed the four-year-old&rsquo;s hair. <strong>But there was one problem.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/life-after-kids-4-weeks-to-get-your-fitness-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> balance breakingmuscle family family fitness mothers parenting parents Family & Kids Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 153816 at http://breakingmuscle.com