In the U.S., the month of May is known as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month; a month where we can all come together to spread the word on the importance of staying active at all ages. Team Youngevity got off to a great start this weekend by participating in the Safari Park Half Marathon & 10k. While we don’t expect everyone to run a half marathon in the month of May, what we do want is to encourage you to get your friends and families active; and staying active. This week, we will be focusing on the importance of physical fitness for children and adolescents.
One would think that for children, being physically active would come easy, but unfortunately, childhood obesity rates are at their highest. Over the last 30 years, the obesity rate has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents! According to the CDC, in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight and obese.1 This isn’t just baby weight that kids are hanging on to. Children and adolescents who are obese, are even more likely to become obese as adults; putting them at risk for many health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and bone and joint problems. The good news is, especially with children, you can easily make lifestyle changes that will improve their health; physical activity is one of them.
Not only will physical activity help prevent children from becoming overweight or obese, but it will also help them gain muscle, build healthy bones, and improve their cardiovascular health. Positive experiences with physical fitness will also help children improve their self-esteem and could lead to bigger and greater things; like joining organized sports and eventually becoming an elite athlete.
However, this does not mean that you should enroll your children in a soccer league or sign them up for kickboxing classes if they currently don’t partake in regular physical activity and/or enjoy participating in sports. Simply taking your kids out for an afternoon bike ride or taking them out to the park for some Frisbee® tosses would be a great start. The goal is to find a physical activity they enjoy, then build upon that; just get them out of the house and away from the television or computer for a couple of hours! We are currently facing a major battle with technology. Although technology has done great things for us, it has also lead to a sedentary life for many children; making it easy to grab an iPad for entertainment.
Additionally, make sure you encourage them to stick to an activity they enjoy and find time to practice with them and also make physical fitness a priority for yourself. Children and adolescents are highly influenced by their surroundings, if their family and friends are being active, they too will want to follow in their steps.
Get your kids moving and keep them healthy. Make sure you also keep your fridge stocked with Rebound fx™ Citrus Fusion sports energy drinks to provide healthy energy levels, as well as to replenish your kids during physical activity.
Keep your kids moving this May! Prevention is the key!
Youngevity Marketing Team