|Nearly half of Americans ages 12 to 21 years are not vigorously active enough. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that participation in all types of physical activity declines strikingly as age and grade in school increases. According to their study, inactivity is more common among females than males, and worse among black adolescent females compared to white females.|
As physical activity is cut from school budgets and fingertip technology takes the place of actually getting outside and playing, it’s more important than ever to promote exercise for the youth. This is the inspiration behind Align’s Teen Core program. The American Heart Association recommends that children ages two to 18 should participate in at least 60 minutes moderate to intense physical activity every day. It should be developmentally appropriate, varied and enjoyable. A majority of American kids are exposed to mainstream sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball, which is great, but mindful types of movement like Pilates and yoga have been proven to create an even more positive impact on a child’s wellbeing.
The main principles of Pilates and yoga go beyond just moving. They provide teenagers with effective, life-changing tools that set them up for a highly successful and healthy life. Both methods of movement promote balance, control, concentration, breath, precision, awareness and harmony of the “mind and the body.” These attributes are what make Pilates and yoga such amazing activities. By simply adding Pilates or yoga twice a week to your child’s schedule has proven to help provide them with the tools to combat the negative effects of inactivity. Benefits include reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes, better stress management, correction of postural deviations and much more.
At Align we believe in using the Pilates and yoga methodology as the heart of our Teen Core program. Our goal is to help guide teenagers to use mindful movement to establish quality, lasting habits that promote a positive physical experience. Along with health benefits, psychological wellbeing is also a huge piece of the puzzle, and mindful exercise in teens establishes more self-confidence and higher self-esteem. Pilates and yoga is a win-win for the youth of today, look for new Teen Core classes this fall at Align.