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Fitness Tips

separator Fall Fitness Strategy
Before you know it, the weather will be getting colder, the mornings and evenings darker. Are you prepared to adjust your workout routine? If you know in your heart that the colder weather is going to make you less likely to get outside exercise, plan your fitness strategy now.

Consider joining a health club, and start going now, to establish a routine gradually. If you’ve enjoyed a lot of water exercising this summer, look at your options for joining an indoor pool this winter. If a health club isn’t convenient for you, think about buying one piece of exercise equipment. But be sure to make a plan for using it, because you don’t want to spend money on something that’s just going to sit there.

Don’t let all your hard-earned work this summer go down the drain. Keeping up your fitness level in winter can help you control your weight, decrease the risk of depression and improve your overall outlook.

Does Your Child’s Bike Fit?
A common mistake parents make is to get a bike that’s big enough for their child to “grow into.” That can work for sweaters and jackets, but a bike that’s too big is dangerous for your child.

To get a bike that fits, make sure your child can sit on the seat with knees straight and feet flat on the ground. If that’s not possible, your child will feel awkward on the bike, and will have trouble stopping suddenly and reacting quickly when it’s necessary.

If your child has a bike with a crossbar, make sure the bar is at least two inches below the crotch when the child is standing.

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

Roller Blade Safety
Is your family being smart about roller blade safety? Follow these guidelines to keep your risk of injury as low as possible:

  • Wear “multi-sport” helmets, which provide more protection to the back and sides of the head than regular bike helmets.
  • Wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and gloves.
  • Avoid skating on streets or driveways.
  • Avoid surfaces containing sand, gravel or dirt.
  • Don’t skate at night. There could be obstacles in your path that you won’t be able to see.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Skateboards and Safety
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, one third of skateboarding accidents happen to riders who’ve been using their boards for less than a week. The second highest injury rate happens to those who have a year or more experience, generally because they either hit an uneven surface or because they’re trying complicated stunts.

When riding skateboards, kids should wear “multi-sport” helmets, which provide more protection to the back and sides of the head than regular bike helmets. Knee pads and wrist guards should also be part of the protective gear. Padding for the hips and upper body is beneficial too, but it can be hard to persuade your child to use it.

Skateboard parks generally are safer than riding in the street, because traffic and rough riding surfaces can be hazardous and even fatal. If your child skates in one of these parks, you might want to inspect the site. Riding surfaces should be smooth and free of debris, rocks and holes.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Right Workout Shoe
One of the best ways to avoid knee, hip and foot problems when you’re working out is to get a shoe that’s designed for the exercise you’re doing. It really does matter, especially if you participate in the activity three or more times per week.

Running shoes and aerobic shoes are designed to absorb the shock of impact as your foot touches the ground. Tennis shoes are made to provide stability as you move from side to side. Walking shoes allow your foot to roll and push off naturally.

It’s also a good idea to talk with a salesperson at an athletic shoe store about the way the shoe fits your foot. Not all brands go with all foot types, and a knowledgeable sales person can help you figure out whether a shoe is wide or narrow enough, whether the arch is right for you, etc.

Source: The Physician and Sports Medicine, November 1999.

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