Improving flexibility is not only critical in the prevention of injury, it’s key to building strength. This week, we want kids to focus on the importance of flexibility and the role it plays in getting stronger and feeling healthier.
"I stretch before every sport I played as a kid and every practice and game I have now. It makes me play better and helps prevent injuries."
Active stretching gets your body moving while loosening and strengthening it at the same time. Each exercise below is a great example of the proper way to stay loose.
Do not attempt the exercises if an injury or limitation prevents you from completing them safely. Participate to the best of your ability to complete the challenge. Exercises can be done in the classroom or at home.
Let’s hug it out…your knees that is. The Standing Knee Hug is a great stretch that works the hips, lower back and hamstrings. Watch the video or follow the steps we’ve provided to make sure you’re doing it right.
It’s strength building with a twist. Literally. The Lunge & Twist works your quadriceps and hamstrings while also engaging your core. Do it and it can help build lower body strength and balance.
Get down with a great stretch. Alternate Toe Touches are great for developing the abdominal muscles as well as the hamstrings. Additionally, it can improve your coordination.
Now let's get the upper body loose. The triceps are key muscles to strengthen in your arms. So watch the video and follow these steps we’ve provided to make sure you’re doing it right.
Have your kids stick to these guidelines and they’ll pass the “Fuel Up” part of this week’s challenge.
"Stretching before exercise enhances our performance and flexibility. Optimal performance comes with optimal nutrition that includes high quality proteins and electrolyte replenishment after your activity."
This healthy snack not only provides the beneficial nutrition of fresh fruit like pineapple, it also keeps muscles hydrated. And hydrated muscles are stronger, more flexible ones.
Not only is this meal easy to make, it is packed with essential protein. To build stronger, more flexible muscles, you need meals like this.
It’s sweet how good this tasty treat can be for your body. Bananas are packed with important potassium and the bread component delivers positive energy packed carbohydrates.
"Good nutrition directly impacts my ability to compete. I make sure I fuel up with healthy food every day."
Why it matters
Flexibility is not only critical in the prevention of injury, it’s key to building strength for a growing child’s body. See what our expert doctor has to say about stretching.
"Stretching is such an important part of any child’s life. With growing muscles, it’s vital for them to make sure they are ready and loose for activity. Oftentimes, minor injuries occur when they don’t warm themselves up."
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