Improve your child's fitness with martial arts
Many parents are looking to improve their child's fitness by getting them started in some form of exercise program. The challenge, however, is finding an exercise activity that your son or daughter will enjoy.
Children's martial arts classes at Master Chong's could be the solution.
Fight Childhood Obesity
Most children are too involved in sedentary activities, such as watching television or playing video games. This time needs to be reduced and replaced with more physical activities.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term health impacts:
- Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
- Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
- Obese youth are more likely to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese by age 8 were more severely obese as adults.
Why Tae Kwon Do?
School and community programs that promote regular physical activity and exercise are effective strategies for reducing chronic diseases associated with sedentary lifestyles. Many schools are eliminating or reducing the amount time spent on physical education, thus parents are left looking for physical fitness activities outside the school setting.
Physical fitness activities that are both fun and actively involve students in learning can create positive attitudes towards exercise and physical activity. Getting your child started in martial arts classes at Master Chong's is a successful strategy because:
Children have fun while learning tae kwon do. "Fun and skill development, rather than winning, are the primary reasons most young people participate in physical activity and sports programs." (US Dept of Health and Human Services)
Our structured belt system gets them actively involved in goal setting. Goal setting can help students establish and maintain regular involvement in physical activity.
Friends influence children’s physical activity behavior. One of the most often heard compliments we receive is how warm and friendly our schools are. By surrounding your child with a positive peer group, you will set them up for success.
Choose Master Chong's
The US Dept. of Health and Human Services advocates parents to look for safe spaces and facilities that provide their children opportunities to engage in a range of physical activities.
Master Chong's professional-level facilities are unique among martial arts schools. We provide clean, spacious training areas (two to three times larger than most schools), and classes are always taught in a supervised and controlled setting. Rest assured that your child will learn tae kwon do in a safe and secure environment.