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'What we're essentially doing these
days is "tricking" children into exercise,'
'By making it fun and highly interactive
we can engage children and create highly
positive associations with physical activity
developing their confidence and experiences.
'It's important to allow the youth of
today to work in a team environment while
also developing their personal skill level. It's
like having a personal best score in a video
game -- this mentality of beating your best
is much more prevalent today and is more
inclusive than pegging children against each
other, as sport often does, although greater
sport participation is an end goal once con-
fidence is achieved. We have products that
provide instant progress feedback to kids so
they can measure performance against their
previously recorded scores and times.
'We also connect directly with the kids
at their level using the technology they are
hardwired for -- the technology that has
actually played a part in the decline in in-
activity, until now.'
The Australian Fitness Academy (AFA)
has a specific component within their Cer-
tificate IV in Fitness that allows people to
register as a qualified Children's Trainer and
also offer the component as a workshop --
and it's becoming an increasingly popular
choice according to the AFA's Steve Corney.
'Every week there is an article or a news
story about the increase of childhood obe-
sity and the reduction of physical activity in
children,' Corney says.
'Just like technology, fitness must adapt
to meet the needs of a new generation of
kids. The days of relying solely on school PE
programs are long gone and are beginning
to be replaced with innovative, switched-on
personal trainers and private providers who
can think outside the box as well as promote
fitness as something that is fun, interactive,
engaging and social.
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