Tak­ing lim­its off kids’ exercise

Cockburn Gazette - - LOVE LOCAL -

A JAN­DAKOT-BASED gym pro­gram is help­ing chil­dren and teenagers be­come more ac­tive while build­ing their men­tal health and con­fi­dence.

The Be­yond Lim­its pri­mary school pro­gram uses play, teamwork, simple move­ments and fun to in­tro­duce chil­dren to the gym en­vi­ron­ment and pro­mote move­ment, while the high school pro­gram fo­cuses on func­tional train­ing and show­ing par­tic­i­pants the proper tech­niques to exercise ef­fec­tively.

Be­yond Lim­its owner Justin Borg said more and more chil­dren were over­weight or obese but they wanted this pro­gram to have more than just a phys­i­cal im­pact by help­ing kids fo­cus on what they could achieve, rather than how they looked.

“The kids pro­gram was cre­ated for a num­ber of rea­sons; our chil­dren are not im­mune to the mod­ern life­style, fast food or slow move­ment and tech­nol­ogy is be­com­ing an in­creas­ing prob­lem, with many kids choos­ing this over play­ing out­side or ex­er­cis­ing,” he said.

“I also no­ticed an in­crease in the num­ber of young teenagers want­ing to join the lo­cal gym with lit­tle or no un­der­stand­ing of what to do or how to con­trol their body move­ments, so be­ing able to ed­u­cate them is very im­por­tant.

“It is vi­tal for chil­dren to learn about a bal­anced life­style at a young age and if we can get more chil­dren into a prac­tice of exercise, it will be­come sec­ond na­ture.”

Email [email protected]­yondlim­its.net.au or visit www.face­book.com/be­yondlim­its­fit for details.

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