Friday April 3, 2020

Here’s Why Post-Game Treats May Be Harmful For Children

The researchers found the average energy expenditure for children observed was 170 calories per game while the average caloric intake from post-game snacks was 213 calories

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Kids are getting inundated with snack culture all the time -- celebrations at school, at birthday parties and youth sports games, we don't need to load children up with sugar after a game too. Pixabay

Post-game treats can be detrimental to a child’s health as the number of calories kids consume from post-game snacks far exceeds the number of calories they actually burn playing in the game, researchers have found.

“Kids are getting inundated with snack culture all the time — celebrations at school, at birthday parties and youth sports games, we don’t need to load children up with sugar after a game too,” said study senior author Lori Spruance from Brigham Young University in the US.

For the study, published in the American Journal of Health Behavior, the research team observed 3rd and 4th graders over 189 games of soccer, flag football, baseball and softball, tracking both their physical activity and the treats they consumed.

They found parents brought post-game snacks 80 per cent of the time, with almost 90 per cent of the post-game drinks being sugar sweetened.

Physical activity was tracked using the SOFIT method, wherein a child’s activity was tracked on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = nothing; 5 = running) every 10 seconds.

The researchers found the average energy expenditure for children observed was 170 calories per game while the average caloric intake from post-game snacks was 213 calories.

The average amount of sugar consumed post game was a staggering 26.4 grams — the total daily recommendation for kids is just 25 grams — with sugary drinks being the biggest culprits.

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Post-game treats can be detrimental to a child’s health as the number of calories kids consume from post-game snacks far exceeds the number of calories they actually burn playing in the game, researchers have found. Pixabay

The study also found children averaged just 27 minutes of activity per game, with soccer players being the most active and softball players being the least active.

The research shows children should have 60 minutes of physical activity per day starting around age 5.

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“So many kids are at games just to get their treat afterwards, which really isn’t helping to develop healthy habits long term,” Spruance said. (IANS)

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Here’s Your 20-Minutes Workout Module

A 20 min workout module to follow at home

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You need not go out to follow your workout routine. Pixabay

Fitness freaks who are unable to hit the gym due to the nationwide lockdown, need not worry. Here is a 20-minute HRX Workout module which can help you prevent that extra kilo that you might put on during this lazy period of sitting at home and doing absolutely nothing.

And the best part about the module is that it suits all body types and hence can be followed without any hesitation. This is a fitness article.

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Here is a 20-minute HRX Workout module which can help you prevent that extra kilo that you might put on during this lazy period of sitting at home and doing absolutely nothing. Pixabay

Beast hold

Get down on all fours, arms in line with shoulders, quadriceps in line with the hips and knees just off the ground; hold that position. It activates your core and quadriceps.

Crab reach

Sit on the ground, feet flat and hands close to the butt. Raise your hips just off the ground, as much as possible, so you form a table-like position. Lift the right hand off the ground, twist your torso and point towards the left side. Do this on the other side. This strengthens the posterior chain: the lower back, glutes and hamstrings.

Alternating front step

Get into the beast hold. Put your right foot forward, in line with the hands, while lifting the right hand off the ground and stretching it forward. Do this on the other side. It improves the mobility of the hip flexor muscles.

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The best part about a home workout module is that it suits all body types. Pixabay

Deadbug

Lie on the ground, legs off the ground, knees at a 90-degree angle and hands raised towards the ceiling. Lower the right arm backwards, keeping it close to the ears, while extending the left leg at the same time. Keep alternating between opposite limbs. One of the best core activating movements, it teaches people how to brace the core muscles in complicated movements and lengthens the abdominal muscles.

Strict press

Stand with feet in line with the hips. Place a barbell on the shoulders, raising the elbow up to create a ‘rack’ for it. Press the bar up totally, extending the elbow, activating the shoulder. Keep repeating. This strengthens shoulders and also engages the abdominal muscles.

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Jumping jacks

Stand straight, feet comfortably apart, and hands by your side. Jump out with your feet landing wider than your shoulders and swing your arms overhead at the same time. Jump back to start position and repeat. (IANS)