June 19, 2013
One of my teens has a fitness goal for the summer. She is a black belt and past track star, but getting in better shape is her desire. So, she asked to go to the same gym I go to. The cliche thought that most kids don't want to be with their parents anymore is alive and well. But, I think this maybe more of a middle school phase, where at that age kids would rather hang with their peers than tag along with parents. Still, I jumped at this chance for quality time.
The Boot Camp I attend is ran by a soldier who had two tours in Iraq. He is tough, and serious (don't tell anyone that I've seen his soft spot, too.) This man has heart, and a Navy Seal type work out starting next week, if you're brave enough. The workouts are smart, challenging, quality, and the cast of characters in my particular group have provided great stories at the dinner table. Now, all this has come to life for my kid. Surprisingly, others brought their teens to workout, too. It's always nice to not sweat alone.
Adult supervision is of paramount importance. Parents need to focus on their children 100% of the time. No distractions!
Practice "touch supervision" (a term used by the American Academy of Pediatrics). This means that at all times, the supervising adult is within an arm's length of the child being watched, when near or in the water.
Remember, no child or adult is "drown proof."
Keep in mind that children can drown in many different water sources including: bathtubs, toilets, buckets, baby pools, backyard swimming pools, community pools, streams, creeks, lakes, rivers, oceans and other places.
Avoid sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 AM – 6 PM).
Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (with 99-100% UV protection).
Sunscreen is a must (on sunny and cloudy days)! Look for products with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15 (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Dermatology).
Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating or toweling off.
Look for shade whenever possible.
She could be a
Hotel check-in clerk
Counter help at a local BBQ joint
Museum security guard
Heart attack victims were more than three times as likely to have been sitting in traffic within an hour before their attack happened.
Source: American Heart Association
Secondhand smoke affects pets as well as their owners.
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