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Drop the technology and get moving to get fit

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Drop the technology and get moving to get fit
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With the increased use of technology, more kids are inactive and overweight. As a result, they have to work harder to ensure they aren't overweight as adults.

"I don't like my weight, I don't like the size that I am," said Alyssa Dambrose, an eleventh grade student.

She has started work on losing weight, and said she knows what needs to change.

Dambrose said, "I eat healthy food, but I eat a lot of food, I eat a lot of it."

She has already lost 14 pounds. However, kids across America are not getting in the exercise they need.

"The recommendations are sixty minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day and that does not have to be all at once," said Kendra Vickers, a group exercise instructor at the YMCA.

Some fitness trainers suggest adolescents should pass on using free weights until they are a little older. Some gyms have youth fitness circuits suited for younger or smaller cliental.

"With the circuit, at least you can set them up with given weights that they are supposed to use, and the range of motion is going to be controlled. With free weights you are leaving a lot to guesswork," said Vickers.

Kids are also overweight because they are eating too much. Experts recommend concentrating less on a diet, and more on having fun.

"Getting them moving so they are not so much focused on 'oh boy I am eating too much, I'm overweight.' The self-esteem is involved so it make it a positive exercise," said Vickers.

"I love my love one Zumba class. I look forward to it, you got to find something you love to do," said Dambrose.

Kids also mimic their parents, so it's just as important for parents to get moving too.

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