“Breaking Up With Physical Activity”
Millions of kids across the United States move frequently and not always positively. As adults, we’ve grown accustomed to the permanence of some seemingly fleeting memories. But the reality is that those moments of moving and roaming are fleeting nonetheless.
When we’re ready to start a new project, we jump into our new spaces and get up and running. The same goes for becoming more involved with work. We mentally move our original environment into our new workspace, reboot and reassess how to accomplish our assigned tasks.
As kids, we’re encouraged to move around a lot and push our bodies to learn by doing. We play sports and play indoors as well. But kids do less physical activity than we’d like to believe. The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils estimates that only 33 percent of children ages 5-18 actually participate in physical activity on a daily basis.
Most importantly, physical activity is also important for mental health. Research proves that it leads to better mental and physical health, less reliance on medication, emotional and social support, and is linked to better academic performance.
Physical activity encourages the mental development of our children, not just through certain activities such as sports and play, but also through unique social interactions. From the time we’re little, we learn how to know what’s interesting and, in turn, we teach others this in turn.
When we don’t learn how to do something or operate efficiently, we’re more likely to use an excuse rather than telling others that they need to be quicker or more focused. As adults, we are more capable of communicating with each other via text, social media, emails and in-person communication. But don’t make the mistake of think that this culture is unique to adults. We also need to use regular communication via phone, etc. when exercising to communicate what’s working and what’s not to the benefit of others. As parents, we can determine our kid’s activity activities that are designed around this communication during play and physicality time. In the four steps below, I’ve laid out some different types of family classes and what’s available to each family.