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Healthy Habits Start Young

Fitness and wellness programs aren't just for grownups. When kids develop healthy habits from an early age, those lifestyle choices tend to carry over into adulthood.

That's why kids and teens are turning to wellness professionals, such as estheticians, massage therapists, nutritionists, and personal trainers--to help them care for their bodies and develop healthy habits for life.

In fact, according to the International Spa Association, more than half of the nearly 14,615 spas in the U.S. offer packages for families, teens, or kids. A growing trend is for mothers to ask for products and services designed for themselves as well as their children. And, a study the group commissioned found that two out of five spa-goers with children ages 13 to 15 have taken their children to a spa.

Not only that, but 824,000 children between the ages of 6 and 17 use personal trainers, reports the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. That means children account for about 13 percent of personal trainers' clients.

Aside from the weight-loss factor, parents see plenty of benefits to personal training. Personal training provides a fitness program that builds kids' confidence, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and helps them develop healthy habits. Getting fit can also improve kids' balance and coordination, which makes a difference in sports. And the set appointment with a personal trainer can do the same for kids as it does for adults--keep them consistent, accountable, and motivated to stick with their fitness regime.

The abbreviated versions of facials, hair and nail treatments, and massages--fully clothed and with parental supervision, of course--offered by spas for kids also play a big role in decreasing stress hormones. After all, kids today have plenty to be stressed about, including SATs, sports, college decisions, and a host of extracurricular activities that consume their days.

Plus, wellness professionals will find they can put their training and teaching skills to good use when working with kids. Many spas for kids offer workshops on hair and skin care, clothing choices, and proper nutrition and exercise.

Some parents offer spa and wellness services to their kids as a reward for doing well in school, some to teach their kids good grooming and healthy habits, and others just use these spa experiences as an opportunity to spend time together in a fun, relaxed setting.

With a career in wellness, you'll have the opportunity to help adults as well as children develop healthy habits for life. Why not pursue wellness training today?

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