Childhood Obesity Rates and the November Squats Challenge!

By Linda

In today's society, children spend a lot of time behind computers playing video games or chatting with their friends by text. With physical education, in some schools, being an elective or not taught at all, it's important that parents find creative and fun ways to encourage their children to exercise.

In the United States, it is estimated that over 5 million children either take or have taken martial arts at some point in their life. Martial arts has many benefits for children but the number one reason that many children are getting into martial arts is for health and fitness.

Child obesity rates are on the rise in our country and it is one of the main reasons parents are looking for martial arts as an outlet. Since not all children are athletes, it's hard to find a physical outlet that will stimulate their bodies as well as their minds. Fortunately, martial arts is not only good for the mind and body, it's also good for the soul. Children who take martial arts not only get into better shape, they begin to develop a better self image.

There are many types of martial arts in the United States the most common being Karate, Kung-Fu, and Tae Kwon Do. Every style has it's advantages but what makes United Studios of Self Defense unique is that our Kempo program is geared towards treating every student as an individual so we can cater to people's individual needs and develop a program that fits their goals. Kempo is a mixture of Karate, Shaolin Kung-Fu and Jui-Jitsu so children and adults will learn how to defend themselves in a multitude of situations.

Since October is Halloween month, it is difficult to encourage kids to work on health and fitness. So for the month of November, United Studios of Self Defense Belmont with be hosting a squats challenge for all our kids. On Monday November 2nd, we will set weekly goals for kids to do squats and then post their achievements on Facebook. We have also challenged other United Studios locations to participate because the more we can promote health and wellness for our children, the better off our society will be. We hope everyone will join us in this challenge!




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