Fitness in childhood can make you a healthier adult!


I have been vocal for a long time about my hypothesis that—when it comes to health—what you do as a kid will translate into who you are as an adult.

My friends have often poo poo-ed my theory, but it has always just made sense logical to me.

I was a gymnast as a kid. I spent my weeks as an 8-year-old training six days a week, four hours a day, 24 hours a week. It goes without saying, my flexibility, body awareness, strength etc… are better today as an adult than they would otherwise have been without gymnastics. Everyone usually accepts that.

But when I suggest that being a gymnast helps my metabolism today, I get laughed at.

No more laughing!

There’s now proof, or strong evidence at the very least, to support my apparently wild theory.

A new study published in The Journal Frontiers in Physiology (http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fphys.2017.00476/full ) suggests that being fit early in life can have health benefits that last into middle age. The study looked at the effects of exercise on gene expression, inflammation, and YES, metabolism!

This doesn’t bode all that well for today’s children, seeing as in 2013 the World Health Organization reported there are as many as 42 million obese children under the age of 5 roaming around the world.

Back to the study: It found that exercising in your early years changes how your body metabolizes calories, and how it responds to high-fat foods in adulthood. The study also suggests that early life exercise can help decrease bone mass loss, as well as inflammation, later in life.

One of the professors in the study, Elwyn C. Firth, explained: ”Bone metabolism strongly influences energy metabolism in the body, and metabolism—what you do with energy from diet—is the central crux of why some children and adults become obese.”

In other words: Do gymnastics as a kid and you’ll be able to eat entire ring of brie cheese without consequence as an adult?!!! OK, maybe not quite that simple…But it certainly suggests it’s never too early to think about, and pursue fitness!

Even if you’re skeptical as this is just one study, here are a list of 7 other known health benefits for starting fitness as young as possible—reasons to enrol your kids in a fitness program ASAP!

  • Physical activity is linked to better classroom behaviour.
  • Physical activity requiring balance and coordination are associated with better emotional responses and emotional control.
  • Exercise is linked to decreased in depression and anxiety in children.
  • Exercise promotes better self-esteem and confidence in both childhood and adolescence.
  • Exercise improves quantity and quality of sleep.
  • Exercise helps children develop interpersonal skills (this is especially true when we consider participation in team sports).

Have a 16-year-old? An 8-year-old? A 5-year-old? Contact us for getting them going on a fitness plan for life!

Athlete of the MonthDecember

Ounesh Reebye

Congratulations, OBG! We are proud of you!

How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I’ve been a member since May 2016

What made you decide to give 7 Mile Strength & Fitness a try?
I was previously at a regular gym that had mirrors everywhere and was used to looking at myself doing biceps curls for days. I was also doing boot camp style exercises, but when the gym went through a restructuring several of the good coaches either left or went on to open up their own businesses. One of the coaches, who was also a 7Miler, spoke very highly of the 7Mile Team and recommended that I look into 7 Mile Strength & Fitness as she felt it would be a good fit for me. So I decided to give it a try.

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?
To be honest with you, at first I found the gym to be quite intimidating as it was unlike any other gym that I had been to. It was extremely helpful to have the initial interview and the prep work prior to joining classes. It really helped demystify the preconceived notions I had about the sport. Fundamentals was a huge benefit as it helped me understand some of my insecurities and appreciate the complexity of some of the movements.

Most traditional gyms do not have their members set up with a “Coach-for-Life”. What would you say is the best thing about having one?
I love the Coach-for-Life concept and it’s a shame other gyms do not offer this. The best thing for me is that my coach, Chris Spigner, was able to identify some limitations in my mobility caused from years of poor movement and knee injury from a recent ski accident. With his guidance, I was able to stay on track with classes and reach a level of fitness I had always aspired to.

Christmas is just around the corner which also means 2019 is around the corner! Can you believe it?? Is there anything you want to accomplish in the new year? Any new goals?
I would like to maintain the progress I have made and plan to continue eating healthy and being consistent. I’ve always wanted to do a bar muscle up, so that will be my goal for 2019 .

Looking back on these last 12 months, what would you say is the moment you’re most proud of?
Seeing how 7 Mile Strength & Fitness has become a way of life for my family. My wife and I are both 7Milers and enjoy our Friday date night WODS. It has become a lifestyle choice for us, even our kids have started doing burpees and squats.

Did you play any sports growing up?
No, but I always enjoyed being active.

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?
I have lived in 10 cities (6 countries).

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)
Base jumping with a wingsuit would be cool.

What is your favorite WOD and why?
Anything with push-ups. If I had to pick one it would have to be CINDY.

What is your least favorite WOD and why?
Any WOD involving double unders. I hate double unders.

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?
Working out used to be a chore, and I was always in a cycle of ‘getting back into it’. Since starting CrossFit it has now become an activity that I look forward to and prioritize as part of my life.

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?Absolutely! I’ve had a great experience and would love to see other people have the same amazing experience. Great coaches and community.