Pretty much no-one would argue that keeping kids active isn’t important. The truth is, keeping kids active can contribute to better health. There is no denying the link between being less active and having a range of health issues. Whether it is taking them to a Wild Wood adventure or just going to the park, staying active is key. Many recognise the importance of keeping kids active, but not many understand the true extent of it. There are plenty of different reasons you should be encouraging kids to become more physically active as it can be crucial to their long-term health. In this article, we will outline some of them.
For one, children that are more physically active are much less likely to be both overweight and obese. However, despite this being true, many children are becoming less active in total. Along with this, they are becoming increasingly overweight. This can be highlighted by the prediction that the UK will become the most obese country in Europe by 2030.
This extreme rise in obesity will ultimately lead to an increase in heart disease and other serious and chronic health issues including type-2 diabetes. These are just some of the different reasons it is so important to keep children active. While one might argue it is even more important for ageing adults to remain active, being active while young can lead to setting a good foundation for your future self.
Muscle and Bone Health
Because teenagers and pre-teens are in the middle of their development stages, they are going to develop at a much faster rate than adults. Therefore, these are the years that can define our body’s health going forward. Children that are much more active are going to be much less likely to develop muscular or bone growth issues like osteoporosis. Likewise, they are much more likely to have stronger muscle and bone development.
One of the main reasons a lot of kids are becoming less and less active as time goes on has to do with the increase in usage in technology among kids. More and more kids are using technology more often in their lives. This is getting kids to sit in front of the television for long periods of time.
Along with this, the rise in smartphone and tablet usage among children is leading them to spend a lot of time in positions that can cause issues with posture which can negatively impact them for years down the road. Spending too much time bending over and looking at a smartphone or tablet can lead to various neck and back troubles that can become very difficult to reverse and treat.
The Right Mentality
Many parents will agree that the decrease in physical activity will lead to children that are much more lazy in general. Those that are used to spending more time inactive are less likely to want to be active as they age. Not only will they have less strength and energy, but they will have a lot less desire to do so. After all, habits are extremely hard to break. Once a child develops a habit of spending too much time being inactive, they are less likely to become active. Along with this, kids are likely to become less social and much more isolated if they are spending all of their time in front of their favourite electronics.
As mentioned above, it can be difficult to say with any degree of certainty how the new digital age will impact the physical health of the younger generations. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that the health of the future generation is deteriorating which is only expected to continue getting worse as children develop more of an addiction to electronics. This is why it is so important to instil in children when they are young that they should get in a lot of physical exercises. Not only will it help to improve their physical health, but it will encourage them to develop a positive mentality about exercise in general.