Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/all en The A to Z of Family Fun in the Sun http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/squareswim.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Including the entire family in your fitness program may be just what you need to revitalize your training plan. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Have the dog days of summer zapped your motivation to workout? Take advantage of the lazy days of summer and rethink your approach to your workouts. <strong>Including the entire family in your fitness program may be just what you need to revitalize your training plan.</strong> So, grab your family, grab the sunscreen and a bottle of water, and get ready for some <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/family-fitness-blaze-the-trail-and-stay-fit-this-spring-break" target="_blank">family fun in the sun</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family family fitness holidays summer Family & Kids Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 22576 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Life-or-Death Reason Kids Need to Learn to Fail http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-life-or-death-reason-kids-need-to-learn-to-fail <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-life-or-death-reason-kids-need-to-learn-to-fail" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/shutterstock185633006copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These days, kids are told that they are good enough no matter what. But they aren’t. Our kids are failing at school and failing at health and wellness. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I always hated the <a href="https://www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/physical/activities/index.shtml" target="_blank">Presidential Physical Fitness Tests</a> in school.</strong> The battery of tests was no big deal if you happened to be a fit and lean kid, but for a guy nicknamed &lsquo;&rdquo;Truck,&rdquo; the annual fitness testing kept me up at night.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-life-or-death-reason-kids-need-to-learn-to-fail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children family fitness kids fitness obesity Family & Kids Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 22416 at http://breakingmuscle.com Yoga Is the Answer to the Problems Children Face Today http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/yoga-is-the-answer-to-the-problems-children-face-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/yoga-is-the-answer-to-the-problems-children-face-today" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/shutterstock654887831.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Yoga and mindfulness practices at a young age can benefit youth behavior, focus, attention span, and embodiment. </div></div></div><div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/yoga-is-the-answer-to-the-problems-children-face-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> behaviors breakingmuscle embodiment focus mindfulness Family & Kids Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 21901 at http://breakingmuscle.com Plan for the Unplanned: How to Write a Program for Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/plan-for-the-unplanned-how-to-write-a-program-for-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/plan-for-the-unplanned-how-to-write-a-program-for-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/500927517883495d0b3cz.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's all too easy to write the perfect session, only to wind up coaching kids who don't want to engage with your program today. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">&quot;Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.&rdquo; These famous words came from legendary boxer <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/friday-flicks-a-lesson-on-intimidation-from-mike-tyson" target="_blank">Mike Tyson</a>. It&#39;s a simple, yet important concept for those of us who coach children.<strong> You can&#39;t rely on just one strategy, as there are many variables that may resist such plans being effective</strong>. And metaphorically speaking, kids really know how to punch hard.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/plan-for-the-unplanned-how-to-write-a-program-for-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fun kids fitness play Programming Family & Kids Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 21451 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Pivotal Role of Attitude in Youth Sports Performance http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-pivotal-role-of-attitude-in-youth-sports-performance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-pivotal-role-of-attitude-in-youth-sports-performance" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/square_0.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">What can reveal the most about an athlete, can make or break a game, and can reach viral status? That’s right. Attitude. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">What can reveal the most about an athlete in a matter of minutes, can make or break the outcome of a game or a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-value-of-competition-what-weightlifters-know-that-the-hippies-didnt" target="_blank">competitive event</a>, and can reach viral status within seconds? That&rsquo;s right. <strong>Attitude</strong>. Good, bad, or indifferent, we all have it.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-pivotal-role-of-attitude-in-youth-sports-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> attitude breakingmuscle competition losing performance positive winning youth Family & Kids Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 21186 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Child Athlete http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-worst-thing-you-can-say-to-a-child-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-worst-thing-you-can-say-to-a-child-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/screenshot2014-06-25at22241pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The words you say to kids make an impact, and this one phrase can put shackles on them that are hard to remove. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Recently, my gym launched a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/interviews/interview-with-ok-kimonos-founder-brendan-hufford-helping-all-kids-train-bjj" target="_blank">kids grappling </a>and MMA program. </strong>Starting with students as young as three years old, we begin with no contact, but use lots of activities that are designed to teach the fundamentals of striking and grappling long before the students ever have to worry about opponents.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-worst-thing-you-can-say-to-a-child-athlete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 20806 at http://breakingmuscle.com 6 Cheap Ways to Turn Couch Potato Kids Into Ninja Warriors http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/6-cheap-ways-to-turn-couch-potato-kids-into-ninja-warriors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/6-cheap-ways-to-turn-couch-potato-kids-into-ninja-warriors" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/rocks.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If your kids are stir crazy this summer, send them on an adventure with ogres, forest nymphs, and heavy rocks. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Summer is here, and for many of us, that means kids are home from school.</strong> If you&rsquo;re finding it challenging to get your workouts in with little ones running around, there&rsquo;s a simple solution: make your home gym more kid-friendly.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/6-cheap-ways-to-turn-couch-potato-kids-into-ninja-warriors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids kids fitness play Family & Kids Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 20676 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Deal With Out-of-Control Sports Parents http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/how-to-deal-with-out-of-control-sports-parents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/how-to-deal-with-out-of-control-sports-parents" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/shutterstock98607512crop.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Here's how to identify and prevent the toxic parenting trends observed at so many kids' sports events. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Dealing with <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/how-not-to-be-that-sport-parent-6-positive-actions-you-can-take" target="_blank">out-of-control sports parents</a> is difficult on a good day and nearly impossible on a bad day. </strong>As the competition level in youth sports increases, so do the pressures and demands placed on the youth athlete. Parents, coaches, and teammates continue to place higher requirements and expectations on the athletes&rsquo; sports behavior and performance.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/how-to-deal-with-out-of-control-sports-parents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids kids sports parenting Family & Kids Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 20471 at http://breakingmuscle.com 6 Exercises to Fight Bad Posture in Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/6-exercises-to-fight-bad-posture-in-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/6-exercises-to-fight-bad-posture-in-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/818797763519899801d9o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">There is a silent plague striking kids today, and it's not obesity or diabetes. It's what I call "f-shoulders." </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There is a silent plague striking children today.</strong> You won&rsquo;t hear about it on the evening news, and few doctors will talk about it, choosing instead to focus on the general issues of <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-ways-you-can-help-prevent-childhood-obesity" target="_blank">obesity</a> and juvenile diabetes. Yet, this plague is striking more and more children, even ones who look otherwise healthy. I call it <em>f-shoulders</em>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/6-exercises-to-fight-bad-posture-in-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> alignment breakingmuscle Children kids fitness kids strength training posture Family & Kids Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 20176 at http://breakingmuscle.com Strength Training Is Good for Kids - Here's How To Do It http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/strength-training-is-good-for-kids-heres-how-to-do-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/strength-training-is-good-for-kids-heres-how-to-do-it" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140605/81982158278a5fb8e38ebedit.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The idea of kids lifting weights makes a lot of people nervous, but when done right, it's effective and safe. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Just as a lot of women are afraid weightlifting will make them bulky, adults often fear that strength training is unsafe for kids.</strong> As a parent, I understand these reservations, but I also think it&#39;s important to set the record straight. The truth is, strength training is safe and good for kids - when it&#39;s done the right way.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/strength-training-is-good-for-kids-heres-how-to-do-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids fitness kids strength training Family & Kids Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 19836 at http://breakingmuscle.com Raising and Coaching Healthy Kids: Meet Our Kids' Fitness Team! http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/raising-and-coaching-healthy-kids-meet-our-kids-fitness-team <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/raising-and-coaching-healthy-kids-meet-our-kids-fitness-team" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140528/andierunningstrong-mile5sm.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Fitness is a habit best begun in youth. Learn more about each of our kids' fitness experts. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The next generation of fitness starts now, and parents, coaches, and caregivers have the privelige to pass on their knowledge. </strong>Our team of kids&#39; coaches understands the importance of helping kids pursue athletics in a healthy, age-appropriate way.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/raising-and-coaching-healthy-kids-meet-our-kids-fitness-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children family fitness kids Family & Kids Sun, 01 Jun 2014 18:00:00 +0000 19311 at http://breakingmuscle.com Doping: A Growing Problem for Youth Athletes? http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/doping-a-growing-problem-for-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/doping-a-growing-problem-for-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140521/shutterstock49730437.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">According to studies, three to four percent of high school pupils have tried some form of performance enhancing drug (PED). </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Coupled with good nutrition and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/the-importance-of-hydration-for-youth-athletes" target="_blank">good health habits</a>, many youth commit to the accepted sports practice of training hard and playing hard. <strong>Yet, in order to reach the demands of new competitive levels and greater athletic achievements, disturbing trends for youth athletes are emerging in the form of growth hormone (GH) doping.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/doping-a-growing-problem-for-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle doping growth hormone performance enhancing drugs youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 22 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 18686 at http://breakingmuscle.com To the Class of 2014: Set Fear Aside and Follow Your Dreams http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/to-the-class-of-2014-set-fear-aside-and-follow-your-dreams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/to-the-class-of-2014-set-fear-aside-and-follow-your-dreams" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140513/shutterstock139736401.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Graduation is an important milestone that will begin a new chapter of your life. Here's how to make the most of it. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>It&#39;s graduation time again. Here in Japan, schools have just finished the graduation season, while in the United States graduation is still a month or so off.</strong> And while I may not be as famous, or nearly as rich, as Bill Gates or Barack Obama, let me offer some words to the graduating class of 2014.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/20140513/shutterstock139736401.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/to-the-class-of-2014-set-fear-aside-and-follow-your-dreams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle goals self confidence teens Family & Kids Thu, 15 May 2014 22:00:00 +0000 17981 at http://breakingmuscle.com Hiking: A Fun Way to Get the Family Moving http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/hiking-a-fun-way-to-get-the-family-moving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/hiking-a-fun-way-to-get-the-family-moving" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140511/square.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">In an age where technology has increased our entertainment options, adults and youth need to be enticed to work out. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">One of my regular activities involves Saturday morning trail runs with other women. We belong to a group called <a href="http://www.runwithwoot.com/" target="_blank">WOOT</a> (Women on Okinawa Trails), and we enjoy breaking up the monotony of weekday pavement runs by taking to the trails.&nbsp;<strong>Last summer, we realized that hiking the trails would open up opportunities to encourage less active family members and friends to get moving.</strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/hiking-a-fun-way-to-get-the-family-moving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle hiking movement Family & Kids Tue, 13 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 17851 at http://breakingmuscle.com Is Starting Sports in Childhood Best for Bone Strength? http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/is-starting-sports-in-childhood-best-for-bone-strength <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/is-starting-sports-in-childhood-best-for-bone-strength" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/20140502/tennis.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A recent article addressed this topic by comparing tennis players who began playing as children or young adults. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>During aging there is a gradual decline in bone mass as well as a structural deterioration of bone architecture</strong> (e.g., the rod and plate-like bone struts in the marrow cavity become less connected and the shafts of long bones become more porous). These changes predispose both men and women to a higher <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/womens-fitness/female-athletes-more-at-risk-for-stress-fractures" target="_blank">risk of fracture</a>.&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/is-starting-sports-in-childhood-best-for-bone-strength" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bone density bone health breakingmuscle kids sports tennis Family & Kids Mon, 05 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 17211 at http://breakingmuscle.com