17 Apr · yttcore · No Comments

PE and Recess: Necessary for Top Performance

At Youth to the Core we have always been strong proponents for keeping recess and PE in schools. We believe that children need some time to stretch their legs and get their blood flowing, kids just aren’t meant to sit motionless at a desk for eight hours a day. Now there’s an ever-growing body of …

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17 Mar · yttcore · No Comments

Let Kids Move: Keep Recess and PE in Schools

These days children are expected to do more in school than ever before. Complex academic topics are introduced earlier and earlier, and children are expected to sit in their seats for more and more time each day. Recess and PE are quickly becoming a thing of that past, and that’s bad for everyone. It may …

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17 Feb · yttcore · No Comments

Should kids have New Year’s resolutions?

New Year’s resolutions are a tradition the world over, with people swearing they’re going to drop ten pounds, find a higher-paying job, fix any number of other issues, or add healthy habits to their lifestyles. Whether or not they keep them, resolutions are great opportunities to bring healthy change into one’s life (of course, keeping …

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17 Jan · yttcore · No Comments

A new year with new opportunities for youth health

It seems that every year has new headlines decrying the suffering health of our kids. Child obesity is considered an epidemic, while even our school cafeterias are being lambasted for poor nutrition and junk food. While it’s never fun to focus on how children’s health may be declining in some areas, at least it gives …

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17 Dec · yttcore · No Comments

Pilates and the Power of Youth Injury Prevention

Have you heard the phrase, “the best defense is a good offense?” No doubt you have. It’s often used in sports, or even as a mental illustration of a strategic approach. Rather than letting yourself get caught off-guard, why not eliminate the opposition as much before they even have a chance to turn the tables? …

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17 Dec · yttcore · No Comments

How to Help Youth Recover from Physical Injury

We’ve talked about how Pilates can be optimal for youth injury prevention. But what if the worst-case scenario has already happened? What if your child has been injured? What if they’re trying to recover their strength, endurance, and flexibility so they can return to a normal level of physical activity and health? Fortunately, Pilates is …

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17 Nov · yttcore · No Comments

Getting Back to the Basics of Youth Health!

With so many jazzy and snazzy youth activity programs popping up all across the country, the general theme of kid-focused fitness seems to be one of…well…almost desperation, if you think about it. From coast to coast, the frantic cries are ringing out, “We’ve got to get our kids healthy again! Child obesity is an epidemic! …

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17 Nov · yttcore · No Comments

Promoting Active Education in a Classroom Environment!

Many people still approach the mind and body as separate components of health. Or they consider the “mind” element to be primary, and the body is submissive to it, with health being the result of mental willpower or some such. The truth is, they’re interlinked and equally important. Yes, the mind is essential to pursuing …

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17 Oct · yttcore · No Comments

Do Kids Need Pre-Pilates Warm-Ups?

Kids often seem to be “always on” when it comes to physical activity. It’s like they can bound into action at a moment’s notice, and their growing bodies already have plenty of energy stored up to engage whatever challenge they face. Do they, like adults, need to warm-up before any sort of exercise? Or can …

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17 Oct · yttcore · No Comments

Flex that Mental Muscle!

We’ve talked about how important warm-ups are before kids start any sort of sport or physical activity. A warm-up before working out (such as in a Pilates session), not only benefits the body, but can also boost mental engagement and focus. In the same vein, we love making Pilates not just about physical growth, but …

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