Driving Kids Lazy

May 23rd, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Yet another report card is out by Active Healthy Kids Canada issuing a D- for overall physical activity levels for kids – ug. Although there are many contributors to this crummy grade, the dependency on driving kids even short distances was highlighted. Think about it.

A survey revealed that 58% of parents walked to school when they were kids yet only 28% of their own kids do the same – what gives?! All you need really is to help kids accumulate 60 measly minutes to get-a-move-on each day. Five minutes here, fifteen minutes there can add up when you think about the various to-ing and fro-ing you do chauffeuring kids short distances. In time they could accumulate the minimum activity requirement if you turned the beat around creating a new norm to hoof it or ride from point “A” to “B”.

Do you shower your kids with new shoes that never seem to get worn out? How about scooters, skateboards, roller blades, bicycles and more that have treads that never get a chance to wear? It’s time for a new test drive of any or all of these play-things. Make a pact to use them. While you’re at it, blow the cobwebs off your cross trainers and lace ‘em up and get outside and play.

It’s a perfect time of year to start a “movement movement” sneaking in “interval training” of 15 minutes of accumulated activity to add up to an hour a day. Our bodies were built to move. Let’s not make the movie Wall-ee come true.

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