Active adults, active kids

Active adults, active kids

Are we inherently programmed to live a healthy and active life, or does the way we behaved as a child influence our desire to be fit in later life?

Children are seemingly getting less active as technology develops and the time and desire to get outdoors becomes lessened. Families are passing on bad eating habits and sedentary lifestyles to children, who then think it’s the norm not to exercise.

But for many children who are encouraged to get out and about with their families, it becomes a rite of passage into their adulthood, and one that they will most likely pass down to their own children.

The focus is very much on schools to provide a curriculum that includes a good physical activity portion of lessons, but many parents think that this is enough. The simple fact is that if a child isn’t interested in PE at school, and then is not encouraged to be active at home, they will spend their adulthood in a sedentary manner – therefore potentially damaging their future health.

Children who attend after-school sports activities and who go out with their families for walks and other outdoor pursuits will most likely form attachments to those pastimes and want to continue when they get older.

Just getting out for a walk, having a game of football or tennis in the garden, going out on the bikes or going for a swim, are simple activities that can hold a lot of weight in terms of the future health of children. Parents do have a responsibility for their children, and ensuring their good health should surely be top of the agenda.

Simple steps can ensure a child is programmed to enjoy outdoor activities and help them on their way to staying fit and healthy into adulthood. So parents, take charge and help your children make the right choices.

 

Comments

Roger B.
22 June 2014

Roger B.

interesting link. 'Do as I say, not as I do' never works; we all need to set examples. Don't let them be fussy with food (take it or leave it), limit screen time and get them outside.

Phillip H.
13 June 2014

Phillip H.

I don't recall seeing my parents exercise - but I was brought up in a generation with no personal screens and limited TV time. So if we wanted to play, it was 'go outside!'

Freya W.
11 June 2014

Freya W.

Kids definitely look towards their parents for how they should live their lives. The more active the adult, the more active the child.

Tanya M.
11 June 2014

Tanya M.

We do tons of active days out with the kids and before they could ride their own bikes they were on the back of ours. Nowadays we go on weekend rides and regularly plan our holidays around hikes and trails. At the moment the kids are enthusiastic and long may it continue.

Emma C.
11 June 2014

Emma C.

I think you can certainly get kids to exercise with you if they join in with you when they're young. But if they aren't the naturally active type they won't do it when they're older.

Elizabeth N.
9 June 2014

Elizabeth N.

I do think kids will be influenced by how their parents exercise. Not that my kids ever see me exercise - I don;t take them to the gym. Does that count??

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