FITNESS

 

Physical Culture

 

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

The percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to nearly 21% in 2012.

In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being.

Prevention

Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.

Historically military and law enforce academies have always had wrestling, boxing, fencing, and gymnastic teams.

Even in times when American youth were much more physically active and hardy,  the need to toughen them up has been addressed with training in:

• Grappling

• Striking

• Edged Weapons

• Strength / Endurance / Agility

Providing them with a competitive format to test and refine these attributes against opposition.

The dietary and physical activity behaviors of adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, and the food and beverage industries and entertainment industries.

Judo Minnesota can play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment that supports healthy behaviors.  PAL clubs also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

 

Physical Fitness benefits

 

Judo is great exercise.  It promotes flexibility, develops speed and co-ordination, strengthens the cardiovascular system, and promotes balanced muscular development.

Judo not only works out the body, but it also works out the mind. Judo will help you build self-confidence, trust, self-discipline and respect for yourself and others.

Judo has also been known to positively affect the lives of special needs individuals and build confidence in others who have been bullied or picked on.

When you combine physical activity, self-defense skills, spiritual development and peace of mind together, you’ve got the makings of a great activity that will not only keep you fit but that will also keep you motivated.

People practice Judo for many different reasons such as exercise, sport, self-defense, a social activity and for many practitioners Judo becomes a way of life.  But if you ask most Judoka why they train Judo, they will say that the practice Judo because it is fun!!

 

 

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