One of the biggest threats to children in America isn’t violence, cancer, or germs. It’s childhood obesity. Yes, some children struggle with their weight because of genetics, but most often the link can be made to sedentary behavior such as waching too much TV or playing video games all day. What can be done to get children out of this dangerous lifestyle and into healthy habits? Many say the answer is karate.
Because karate will give your child a substantial workout 2 to 3 times a week and it is a year long activity, many parents prefer the training their children receive through martial arts than sports such as baseball, soccer, or basketball, which are seasonal. Another added benefit is that, unlike other activities, certified karate centers focus on working with children beyond physical training, emphasizing such concepts as goal setting and confidence.
Helping children set goals to lose weight as well as improve their overall lifestyle along with building confidence can turn your child into a new person by the time fall comes and school begins anew. Finding a karate center to help you and your child along the journey to healthy lifestyle isn’t easy. Be sure to look for those centers that specialize in developing life skills and that have a history of helping children to be their best.