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Why kids (and adults) should tri!

Triathlons are often regarded as the ultimate test of endurance. Combining swimming, cycling, and running, a triathlon requires a high level of fitness, endurance, and dedication. This is especially true for the Ironman triathlon, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. The best athletes in the world take about eight hours to complete this event!

 

An Ironman is out of reach for most people, but almost everyone can benefit from training like a triathlete. Incorporating aquatic exercise, cycling, and running (or walking) in an exercise program leads to significant health and fitness benefits, the development and maintenance of important motor skills, and variety that can make exercise more enjoyable.

 

This is especially true for children. Participating in diverse activities is important for developing strength, endurance, balance, and coordination. Swimming, bicycling, and running are good ways to meet physical activity guidelines and develop a love for exercise. Children can benefit from the fitness and motor skills they develop from these activities when they play sports and adults can maintain fitness, prevent injury, and improve health and wellbeing.

The benefits of training like a triathlete for children and adults is the topic of my Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard this week.

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My son, the Michigan State Police, and healthy choices at McDonald’s

Earlier this evening my family went for a bike ride. That’s when my son got pulled over by the Michigan State Police and was given a ticket!

He was pulled over for being safe by wearing a helmet and the “ticket” was a card for a free ice cream cone at McDonald’s.

It is part of a program that rewards kids for being safe and wearing a helmet when they ride a bike. Since we were all wearing helmets, my oldest son (and his two younger brothers) got “tickets” from the police officer.

It was when we got home and I looked at the card more closely that I noticed something niceā€”the card is good for either a free ice cream cone OR apple slices.

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I’m sure almost all kids will pick the cone (I know my kids will!), but it’s nice to have a healthy option.