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Is it Dangerous for Children to do HIIT?

Strength training, not weightlifting

When practiced and controlled properly, strength training provides many benefits to young athletes and up-and-coming sport stars. Strength training is even a good idea for kids who simply want to look and feel better. In fact, according to extensive research, strength training can put children on a ‘lifetime path to better health and fitness’.

When is it the right time for children to start their anaerobic exercise and training?  image supplied by Orthodox Union

When is it the right time for children to start their anaerobic exercise and training?
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Weightlifting, bodybuilding or powerlifting must not be confused with Strength Training. These activities are driven by competition, with participants striving to lift heavier weights or build bigger muscles than those of other athletes. This type of exercise is not for the young ones. It can put too much strain and pressure on young muscles, tendons and areas of cartilage that haven’t yet turned to bone, nor developed correctly yet. This is paramount when incorrect technique is used just so a heavier and larger amount of weight can be seen as an achievement.

For children, light resistance and controlled movements are best. There must be a special emphasis on proper technique, controlled movements and guidance. Your child can do many strength training exercises with his or her own body weight instead of machines or equipment.

Encouraging your child to do BBS (Body By Science), might be a great idea with the focus on controlled movement, and a lighter more manageable weight. This will encourage strength building instead of muscle building, and will help to combat possible health implications in the future.

Teenagers can benefit from BBS, lighter weight

Children can benefit from short, high-intensity workout spurts to boost anaerobic capacity, with the key focus on movement control, muscular strength, and other physical attributes.

Adults and teenagers, may need to place a greater emphasis on improving their muscle aerobic capacity as oppose to children. Children’s muscles recover rapidly from high-intensity exercise, and possibly is the reason why children are able to do repeated exercise and activities when most of us adults continue to feel exhausted.

There may also be important health implications for developing children. Metabolic diseases, including diabetes and many forms of cancer, are increasing in prevalence in teens and younger adults but are still rarely seen in children. If the child continues to do strength training, anaerobic exercise as well as the bursts of aerobic exercise (which children do automatically), into their teen years, maybe we’ll see a decrease in these terrible diseases. It might be the case that the loss of muscle aerobic capacity between childhood and early adulthood is a key maturation step that allows metabolic diseases to take hold.

If your child already accompanies you with your BBS workout, let us know how its going. And if you’re about to start, keep us in the loop with the progress!

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1903: The Nobel Prize for Light Radiation

A Nobel Prize Winner for the use of Light Radiation

In 1903, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was granted to Mr Niels Ryberg Finsen to acknowledge his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris also known as tuberculosis luposa, with the use of concentrated light radiation.

Tuberculosis luposa

Tuberculosis luposa are painful skin lesions with a nodular appearance. These are found most often on the face: around the nose, eyelids, lips, cheeks, ears and neck. It is the most common Mycobacterium tuberculosis skin infection. The lesions may ultimately develop into disfiguring skin ulcers if left untreated.

Mr Niels Ryberg Finsen, the Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine 1903: for the use of light radiation

Mr Niels Ryberg Finsen, the Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine 1903

Niemann–Pick disease

Mr Finsen suffered from Niemann–Pick disease. This inspired him to sunbathe and investigate the effects of light on living things.  Nieman-Pick disease is a subgroup of lipid storage disorders called sphingolipidoses. This is where harmful quantities of fatty substances, or lipids, accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and brain.

As a result, Finsen is best known for his theory of phototherapy. According to this theory, certain wavelengths of light can have beneficial medical effects.

His most notable writings were Finsen Om Lysets Indvirkninger paa Huden (“On the effects of light on the skin”), published in 1893., and Om Anvendelse i Medicinen af koncentrerede kemiske Lysstraaler(“The use of concentrated chemical light rays in medicine”), published in 1896.

The Eykandi crew are currently developing new and innovative ways to harness the goodness from Light radiation, Photo-Bio-Modulation and Near-infrared treatments.

Watch this space and get in touch with us if you’re interested too…

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