It hasn't stopped him from being active - he loves soccer and baseball and riding his scooter - but he is too heavy for his age. So, we went for a check up last week and our doctor had some recommendations. Aaron and I are seeing a nutritionist next week for an evaluation and a prescribed diet. He won't be "on a diet" per se, but we will do whatever the doctor orders.
The other recommendation we put into place last night, and it was by far the best. A health club in town called Total Fitness and Wellness, has a fitness class for kids! The trainer is great! There were five kids in the group, all of them overweight. They were all already using a row of step-machines when we arrived, talking and drinking water. Aaron couldn't believe it! This guy was going to let him GET ON THE MACHINES!!!
I was impressed with Matt, the trainer. He knows what he's doing and he knows how to work with kids. Aaron got to walk on the stair-stepper, they did some mini "crunches" and lifts with very small weights, and then he finished up on the treadmill. He was sweaty and tired, and happy as a little lark. It was so cute!!! I wish I had had a camera.
I am so pleased with this program. It is 3 nights a week for an hour. Only $45 a month. The trainer said since Aaron is so much younger than the other kids - they were all 9 and 10 - he is going to have him come an hour earlier and work with him one-on-one. Aaron is thrilled with having his "own gym" and said he wants to go until he is at least 13! I was really proud of him. He gave it a full effort, and drank his water during and after.
Who couldn't love this face?