Engaging in sports is one of the best ways where in a child can develop multiple skills. Aside from challenging them in a fun way to be physically fit, it builds social skills by meeting new friends and learning the importance of hard work, discipline, persistence and determination through sportsmanship. This also keeps them busy by being actively productive.
Getting them to join a triathlon will have them participating in three sports in succession: running, swimming and biking. The 6th Alaska IronKids Philippines, the local junior version of the international series, Ironman, held its own triathlon race at Wow Recreation and Activity Center in Subic Bay Free Port on the 11th of March, 2017. After months of preparation for both the organizers and athletes, more than 150 participants, from ages 6-14 years old, joined the event.
Through these types of activities, it is hoped that Filipino kids these days could stay fit and healthy. “Alaska IronKids aims to promote a well-balanced lifestyle for kids of today, who are used to staying indoors with TV, videogame console and the Internet as companions. IronKids is also the perfect venue for families to bond and for parents to demonstrate in ‘real-time’ that being healthy can also be fun,” said Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu, president of Alaska Milk Corporation.
It was revealed through a study conducted by the Department of Health (DOH), and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) that 5 out of 100 kids are affected by obesity; showing that it is one prevalent nutritional problem of Filipino children. Alaska hopes to help affected and would-be-affected kids by promoting proper nutrition by drinking milk and leading a healthy lifestyle by engaging them in sports and outdoor activities.
Joining in triathlons require proper training and guidance; psyching up mentally, emotionally and physically for each race. You can help your future triathlete in each aspect to gain better performance.
To start with, have him master his emotions and encourage him to stay positive and excited to step out of his comfort zone. Be supportive, showing him that you are his #1 fan; balancing three sports could be quite a challenge at first, but just remind him to enjoy and have fun.
Mentally, though, you have to learn to push him and keep him at it. It could be tiring, but conditioning the body is an important part of any sport. It could help by having him visualize his form and speed as he plans to master the race course. You should also have him focused and concentrate his mind on the event that day by keeping his mind off of any distractions.
As important as the first 2 aspects are, an athlete’s most important asset is his body. Get him suitable gears like the appropriate tri-suit, bike and safety gears for his age and category. It is not only for his protection, but it helps him have better movement. You also have to fuel him up with the proper food and nourishment to help him recover physically after training and race them. Let him drink Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink as it has the essential energizing nutrients, namely: magnesium, calcium and potassium that keep young athletes’ bodies in winning form.
For both young and mature athletes, triathlons are a great way of challenging yourself and have fun. Let your child experience the joy of the sport by having him participate in this year’s ALASKA IRONKIDS PHILIPPINES race series. Also check out other races, such as the aquathlons on April 9, in Manila Polo Club, and June 3 in Subic; and triathlon in Cebu on August 5. For more information, log in to http://ironkidsphil.com.