Traditional gender roles have led to some misconceived notions about strength training for women.This has resulted in many women avoiding strength training all together and instead opting for more gender-neutral activities such as; cardio; yoga; and dance. The aim of this article is not to discredit the effectiveness of the latter, but rather to dispel some of the common myths about why women shouldn't lift weights.
Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. These include;
There are also psychological effects: Obese children are more prone to low self-esteem, negative body image and depression.Excess weight at young ages has been linked to higher and earlier death rates in adulthood.
Now I am not here to pass the blame or argue what brought on this rise in obesity. The real question is, what are we going to do about it? Do we sweep it under the rug, or do we take a stand and provide a better life for our children.