Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kids on the Run

Kids on the Run : 6 to 14

Running is the simplest way to build stamina and a good base for any sport – that’s what will make you look cool, but more importantly – feel cool. If you are into tennis, or soccer or cricket or swimming or….. running is the warm up or stamina builder.

Most importantly you need to have fun.

“My younger daughter ran her first 5k in Chicago at the age of 6, my older daughter now runs a few days a week on a treadmill because she says, “when I run, I sweat and secrete oils which keep my hair oily, naturally”. There are as many reasons to run as there are those of you going through this page. So go for it” Rahul Verghese.

What’s the best distance to go – I would say 3-5km. 3K would be a minimum to warm up and get into rhythm and get your heart rate and breathing up – this helps you keep cough, colds and flu at bay, also headaches and worries seem to lessen – according to medical reports and studies. 5kms for this age group is not so tough, but not too easy either. It is just the right max distance for this age to do, get charged up, and feel great.

What is amazing is that when you do something like a 5km run – you will feel and should feel really proud of yourself. If you need to do more, try and quicken the pace rather than increase the distance.

Running is the best way for children to be active, promoting bone development, building cardio vascular efficiency and believe it or not, even improving eyesight. Several studies, including one done recently in Australia have shown that kids are glued to TV, computer, games or phone screens and are remaining indoors, leading to an abnormally high incidence of myopia. The simple act of running outdoors helps them focus their eyes for long periods of time of more distant objects and helps their eyesight

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