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Supported Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

Supported Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

Hold a dumbbell in your right hand, place your left hand on a bench in front of you, and assume a staggered stance, left foot forward. Hold your elbow in as you row the wight to the side of your torso. Do 10 reps, switch arms and leg positions, and repeat the movement.

Dumbbell Triceps Kickback

Dumbbell Triceps Kickback

Grab a pair of dumbbells, bend your knees and lean forward so your torso is nearly parallel to the floor. Tuck your upper arms next to your sides, bend your elbows, and hold your forearms about parallel to the floor, palms facing up. Simultaneously extend your arms straight back and rotate the weight so your palms end up facing each other. Return to the starting position. Do 15 reps.

Dumbbell Hammer Curl and Press

Dumbbell Hammer Curl and Press

Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a pair of dumbbells at arm's length by your sides, palms facing each other. Without moving your upper arms, curl the weights to your shoulders, and then press them overhead until your arms are straight. Reverse the move to return to the starting position. Do 10 reps.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Impact of Television on Childhood Obesity

With this the amount of exercise and physical activity has severely decreased for many children.  It is estimated that of every 3 children in America that 1 of them is overweight.

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The Impact of Television on Childhood Obesity – Commercials

A recent study conducted in 2010 stated that it is not the amount of television that the child watches but rather the number of junk food commercials they see during that time period that increase the risk of childhood obesity.  The study showed that children who watch television with junk food commercials were more likely to be overweight than children who watched other forms of television such as DVD’s without commercials.

Advertisers purchase commercial air time on specific television shows to impact specific audiences.  Adult television shows target adults with cars and appliances for example.  Children’s television shows target children.  During these slots you will see commercials for toys, games and foods such as snack foods or fast foods.  For every 30 minutes of television your child will view approximately 8 minutes of brightly colored commercials with catchy jingles that will stay in their heads prompting them to want junk food instead of healthy nutritious snacks and meals.

Sedentary Lifestyles- The Impact of Television on Childhood Obesity

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests limiting the amount of time a child watches television to 2 hours per day.  Children are inactive while watching television and most watch more than 2 hours of television per day.  Besides being sedentary while watching the TV they often snack on unhealthy foods while doing so.  Both of these facts can lead to weight gain and childhood obesity.

Parents can Stop the Impact of Television on Childhood Obesity

You can encourage your child toward physical activity by limiting the amount of time they spend in front of a television and replacing the extra time with physical activity for you and your child.  You can also help by making the time they do watch television commercial free.  This can be accomplished by watching movies on DVD or by recording the shows and teaching your child to fast forward through the commercials.  If the commercials cannot be avoided, spend the time with your child and mute the commercials, engaging your child in conversation during the commercial.  You can also keep healthy snack food choices in the home for television time or do not allow foods and beverages in the room where the television is to keep your child from mindless snacking while viewing television.

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Ultimate 40's Workout

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