Level 2 Children’s Exercise and Obesity Instructor – Discovery

Childhood Exercise and Obesity Course Content:

This course represents a combination of two very popular child health and wellness courses – The first course is the CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications) Health-related Exercise for Children and the second course is the Weight Management Centre Childhood Obesity Intervention and Prevention course. The combined course is designed to ensure you can work with children to improve their physical fitness as well as advise children and families about healthy eating and smarter food choices. There is a strong psychological component with lots of guidance on behaviour change and how to motivate and support children and families to combat child obesity.  The child obesity course aspect will also cover many of the policy, social and environmental drivers of child obesity as well as looking at broader prevention strategies to curb the child obesity epidemic.  The Childhood Obesity Course has been written by health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists and is edited by the Founder of Weight Management Centre and obesity expert Alan Jackson Msc.

The Health Related Exercise for Children course will provide you with a vast array of options for working with children aged 5 to 16.  You will learn about growth related injuries and how to avoid these as well as the common conditions encountered when working with children in an exercise setting such as Asthma, Dyspraxia and exertional breathlessness.

This combined child exercise and obesity course would be ideal for those wishing to work in schools or leisure facilities working with children to prevent or to intervene in issues of weight and poor fitness in children, which currently affects around a third of all children in the UK. From this it is evident that there is a real need for such competencies and as such job opportunities following this course would include posts such as: Children’s fitness / activity Instructor or Child Weight Management Practitioner, and these posts are emerging consistently in the private and public sector.

This course is designed for anyone working with young people including: community health providers, school and practice nurses, fitness professionals, teachers or those involved in planning, design or policy formulation in areas impacting children. The course is also recommended for those who are planning to or are currently providing exercise tuition for children. This may include staff in leisure and fitness centres, after school clubs or people who want to help promote fitness to children.

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What Are The Important Fuels For Exercise?

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates and fats are the two main fuels, though during prolonged intensive training bouts, proteins will play a more important role.  For instance, during the last stages of a marathon, when glycogen stores are exhausted, the proteins in muscles and organs may make up 10% of the body’s fuel mixture.

During a period of semi starvation or a low carbohydrate diet, glycogen would be in short supply so more proteins would be broken down to provide the body with fuel.  Up to half of the weight lost by someone following a very low calorie or low carbohydrate diet is likely to come from protein (mainly muscle loss).  Some people think that if they deplete their glycogen stores by following a low carbohydrate diet, they will force their body to break down more fat and lose weight.  This is not the case and this strategy will invariably lead to losing muscle and fat in equal amounts.

Carbohydrates during exercise?

After 60 minutes of moderate to high exercise, most muscle glycogen will be used up, and the body will have to rely more on blood sugar.  After 2 – 3 hours the body will be relying totally on blood sugar (and fats and proteins from muscle).  Therefore when exercising for more than 60 minutes, consuming carbohydrate during a workout will help to delay fatigue and allow performance at a higher level for longer.

An intake of between 30 – 60g (120 – 240 kcals) of carbs per hour is recommended, as this is the maximum amount that can be taken up by the muscles, and so consuming more will not produce beneficial results.  It is also important to start consuming carbs before fatigue sets in, as it can take 30 mins for the glucose to enter the blood stream.

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Are you forgetting who your clients are? – Discovery UK

As a personal fitness professional, growing your client base is very important, but it’s a mistake that many trainers make investing time and money into this one project alone and forgetting about everything else. Whilst growth is essential for any business to succeed, this shouldn’t take the focus away from the clients you already worked so hard to get.

Retaining your current clients and gaining new referrals through them is a key aspect to your success in the industry so it is worthwhile focusing on this aspect of your business and thinking of new ideas to keep them loyal. Compared to the money you may spend on extra marketing trying to entice new customers, maintaining your existing client relationships costs very little money, if any at all.

Showing your clients you care about their training and succeeding in reaching their fitness goals makes them feel like an individual and will ensure their return. It’s a fairly obvious statement to make but giving your client 100% of your attention when training with them is vital. There is nothing worse than seeing trainers scoping the gym for potential clients or being distracted by phones or the TV during a training session with a client. It’s important to listen to your clients when they talk instead of just nodding your head, they will feel more valued if you can listen and remember and can refer to something they said the next time you see them. It shows you are interested in your client and the more you know about them the better your understanding of them will be, enabling you to improve your coaching abilities toward them. Aside from your client feeling appreciated by you, many other opportunities can arise from finding out more information from your client such as recognition of birthdays – how much would it cost to offer a free session to them on their birthday? You will certainly earn brownie points if you can go the extra mile.

For example, if you feel it would benefit your clients to learn about the different aspects of health and fitness, why not suggest you get them all together for a coffee morning and give them a free seminar on nutrition showcasing your knowledge and offering tips to enhance performance on workout days.

After each session try to always spend a few minutes reflecting on performance and successes so far with your client. However small that milestone may be, recognising it will instil confidence and boost motivation for next time. You can always ask your clients for their feedback too on how you are doing as a trainer ensuring you progress too.

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What factors affect our energy systems? – Discovery Learning

The Energy Systems Overview

Our bodies require energy for every cell in our body to do their job. But the amount of energy that we require varies drastically. If we compare all the complex metabolic functions in our body, exercise demands the most amount of energy. But then again intensity, duration and fitness levels of the exercise have a significant effect on how much energy is needed and how quickly it is needed. Our body has 3 different energy producing systems.

The three main energy systems are used for different types of physical activity.  These three systems are called:

The Creatine Phosphate System
The Anaerobic or Lactic Acid System
The Aerobic System

The first two systems are anaerobic systems, meaning they do not require oxygen to produce ATP (Adenosine Tri-phosphate). The third system is the aerobic system, which does require oxygen.

Where does energy come from and how to we store it?

We are designed to get our energy from the natural environment via the food that we eat. Everything that you eat or drink has to be digested to extract the energy from it. Our body can extract energy from three main food components known as macronutrients. They are:

Carbohydrates
Fats
Proteins

The process that our body uses to extract this energy from food (macronutrients) is digestion. The body has to break down the food we eat into chemicals that our bodies utilise to live. The calorific values of the 3 main macronutrients vary, with fat being the most calorie-dense at 9 kcals (calories) per gram, while protein and carbohydrate have 4 kcals per gram.

What factors affect our energy systems?

During aerobic exercise the use of carbohydrate relative to fat varies according to a number of factors.  The most important are:

The intensity of exercise
The duration of exercise
Your fitness level

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