3 Questions for Parents of Teens

Photo credit: Triad Health Center
Photo credit: Triad Health Center


Parents of Teens! Ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Does your teen spend a chunk of time on a cell phone, a computer, or playing video games?
  2. Have you noticed your teenager slouching, or perhaps hunching over while enjoying screen time?
  3. Are you looking for a way to help your teenager improve his or her core strength and/or overall strength and flexibility?

If you answered YES to any of the above, then AVAC’s “Pilates for Teens” is perfect for your teenager!

Pilates is a versatile exercise method that can help improve your teen’s mental and body awareness and increase his/her confidence. The Pilates method concentrates on breathing, strength, flexibility, posture, alignment, balance and mindfulness, while focusing on developing the deep core musculature.

Photo Credit: Cleveland University of Kansas City
Photo Credit: Cleveland University of Kansas City

“Text Neck”
Frightening Fact:Teens spend an average of 7 hours a day in front of a screen.
This has an adverse effect on their posture, neck alignment, fingers and wrists. There is even a recently diagnosed condition called “Text Neck,” where hunched-over bad posture that comes with regular texting causes a person’s neck to lose its natural curve and puts strain on the neck muscles. Pilates can help correct this by improving posture, correcting spine misalignment (which can help back issues,) and in turn can create more flexibility in your teen’s hips and spine which have become tight from sitting and looking at a screen. And, and important bonus… It will even help strengthen their CORE!

Team Sports
While team sports are important, they can also result in impact injuries, breaks, concussion and much more. A Pilate practice allows the teen athlete to become more aware of his/her body movement and gain more precise body control with proper alignment. Many athletes will experience injury if their bodies are not properly aligned. Integrating Pilates on a regular basis will strengthen, stretch, and engage important muscles. As a result, your teen will have less injury, become more agile, and develop a more balanced musculature.

Strengthening of the core muscles is one of the main focuses of Pilates.
Teens can learn to activate their core while sitting, participating in their sport, as well as any other activities they do in life.

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Ultimately, improving body awareness and developing core strength can:

  • Boost self esteem
  • Create a more confident teen
  • Reduce the risk of stress on other joints and muscles

Contact Bess for more details on future Pilates offerings for teens.

Bess Mahaney, Certified Pilates Instructor
Almaden Valley Athletic Club®


Source: https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2018/10/03/more-teens-suffering-from-text-neck-pain/


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