Knowledge is Power
Below is an excerpt from Brett Klika's article titled 'How to Finish a Youth Training Session' from the International Youth Conditioning Association website (see link below). Brett Klika's website, www.spiderfitkids.com, is a wonderful resource for all things related to youth fitness!
Kids develop their nutrition habits at a young age. The sooner athletes discover the link between nutrition and performance, the sooner they have the accelerated potential to perform.
After working with kids for over 20 years, I discovered one of the most significant lasting impacts I had was on their nutrition. One of the tenants of my youth training programs was that they had to bring a post-workout snack with a carbohydrate, protein, and fruit or vegetable. We didn’t have to specify fat, as it was usually naturally included.
At the end of training, they would have to show what they had brought and how it “complied” with the “rules.. Years later, these kids would come back as adults, talking about how this helped them learn how to eat properly.
Doing short, simple, visual demos or giving them simple nutrition homework works well too. Try the following at the end of training:
I highly suggest your read the full article here:
Charity Bidegain, ACE Certified Personal Trainer. Supporting all who live the mission of helping us all to live healthier, more fulfilled lives.