The two most important factors in childhood obesity plague that’s haunting kids across our nation and others, are nutrition and exercise. But in a modern world that’s overflowing with Big Macs, curly fries, milk shakes, soda pop, candy bars, cookies, ice cream, and sugary cereals just to mention a few, how can anyone really know for sure if their kids are falling prey to the anti-nutritional temptations that are polluting the world or fending them off?
In a world where we drive our kids to and from school instead of expecting them to walk, a world that’s veritably gushing with little techno robots ranging from video games to IPODs, TV, MP3 Players to cell phones complete with a built-in video camera’s designed to attract, if not demand, and command kid’s attention, how does anyone make sure their kids are getting enough exercise to avoid obesity?
Complicated, Confusing, Overwhelming, Unless…
It all seems so complicated. It all seems so confusing. It all seems almost overwhelming for many parents (and teachers) until they recognize that there really is one extremely simple, safe, and inexpensive (dare I say cheap?) solution to the entire convoluted dilemma.
In fact you can buy one of these incredibly simple solutions at K-Mart, Wal-Mart, or Costco for as little as $10 to $15 dollars. It requires almost no space, almost no time, and being a rocket scientist is not a prerequisite for knowing how to work this little gizmo. In fact I’ve personally seen kindergartners handle one of these babies with the greatest of ease.
The Technical Name is…
The technical name of this wonderful little childhood-obesity-prevention-machine is a “PULL-UP-BAR.” Generally speaking it’s a round, chromed pipe that designed to be locked into the top of a doorway at home or in school. In fact this particular location is so common that many of these machines are actually called “DOORWAY PULL-UP-BARS.”
The Trick is to Use it
Once locked into position there are no moving parts. This means the cost of upkeep on this machine is next to nothing and it’s likely to last for decades, maybe more. Like most exercise equipment, the real trick with a PULL-UP-BAR is to actually use it. In other words if it becomes a dust gatherer or a clothes hanger, the odds of it preventing childhood obesity are reduced to the odds of winning the lotto, maybe worse.
How Does it Tell me What I Need to Know
“That’s all well and good,” you say, “but how in the world is that little PULL-UP-BAR going to tell me, any parent, or teacher whether or not a child is eating poorly or is failing to get enough exercise?” The answers to those questions are actually quite simple.
For example, let’s say that you start young, helping your child learn to do pull ups when they’re beginning kindergarten, and by the end of the school year they’ve learned to do five of them. Now, if that child starts stocking up on candy and soda pop, potato chips and pizza instead of the fruits and vegetables, they’ll gain excess weight and their performance will decrease.
When One Goes Up the Other Goes Down
In other words, if they eat poorly the workload (their own body weight) on the pull up bar will increase. When that happens your child’s ability to perform pull ups will begin to decrease from 5 to 4 and from 4 to 3, etc. And if they eat too poorly they’ll soon be unable to do any pull ups at all. In fact for years it’s been common knowledge among physical educators that kids who are obese can never do pull ups, and that kids who can do pull ups are never obese.
On the other hand, if your child focuses on good eating habits, minimizes the bad stuff, and adds a little regular practice a couple times a week, they’ll most likely grow stronger and their performance will increase to 6 or 7 or 8 repetitions instead of decreasing. Performance increases you see, directly reflect lower %’s of body fat, and vice versa.
The Pull Up Bar Knows
That being the case, there ‘s absolutely no doubt that the omniscient pull up bar knows whether your child is eating right or not, and it lets them know in no uncertain terms by increasing or decreasing their performance levels. In other words, the pull up bar pays for good eating habits with automatic performance gains. It also punishes poor eating habits with automatic performance losses. Talk about smart.
If you’ve read this far it won’t be much of a stretch when I tell you that the exercise aspect of this scenario is very similar to the nutritional aspect. That is to say, the pull up bar pays for regular practice with automatic performance gains, and it punishes lack of practice with automatic performance losses.
Even further, the pull up bar pays for your kids to walk back and forth to school, to run and romp at recess, to play a little soccer with friends after school, because all these activities burn calories, repel excess weight, and in the end a pull up bar pays for two things. It pays for a participant to be relatively strong and light, and the feedback occurs automatically whenever you grab hold of the bar and see how many times you can physically pull your own weight.
Smarter, Simpler, Cheaper
If your performance increases, you’re doing things right. If it decreases that’s a sure sign that it’s time to make some adjustments of your eating and/or your exercise habits. A smarter, simpler, and less expensive childhood obesity prevention machine would be extremely hard to imagine. And in this day and age, smarter, simpler, and cheaper are all wonderfully good qualities. Don’t you agree?