If you think that your children aren’t getting enough exercise or attention, especially when it comes to maintaining their fitness levels, Shirley Mistry suggests you visit The Health Club
Back in the day when technology didn’t exist, the only way that children kept themselves entertained was by going out and playing until they were tired silly. But, with TVs, mobile phones, tablets and video games taking over games played with friends, health problems such as lethargy and child obesity are a real concern.
If you think that your children aren’t inclined to play a sport or physical game and still need to sneak some form of physical activity into their routine, head to The Health Club at Palladium Hotel, where, after receiving several enquiries from parents about a health programme designed specifically for children, they got in touch with Ketan Ashar, a health fitness specialist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and International Sports Sciences Association and did just that.
The facility is known for its infinity pool and spa and is spread over a staggering 22,000 sq. ft., making it the perfect facility to exercise in. The children’s programme aims to develop speed, agility, flexibility and strength. It is split into two age groups: 8 to 11-years-old and 12 to 15-years-old, and will be conducted thrice a week.
The programme focuses on strength-training, and is designed keeping young muscles, cartilage and tendons that are yet to morph into bones in mind. Ketan explains to us. “For children, light resistance and controlled movements are beneficial, along with emphasis on proper technique and safety. A thorough assessment of a child’s strength and fitness level allows us to customise a development programme for each child. We plan a routine according to his or her body weight, using free weights and even machine weights, if necessary." So, rest assured that your children aren’t going to be put under undue stress.
The benefits of this programme include increased muscle and bone strength, endurance, protection from injuries and the ability to perform better at other sports and activities such as dance. It also helps children to maintain a healthy weight, keeps their cholesterol and blood pressure levels under check and boosts their confidence and self-esteem.
Where Health Club, Level 10, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel