A recent international study compared 38 countries, and found England, Scotland and Wales to have amongst the least physically active children in the entire analysis. A significant worry!
The research, by an alliance of global health experts, shows that the UK is ranked behind countries including Poland, Venezuela and Slovenia when it comes to Children’s fitness. The report also found that only one in three children are taking part in any organised sport or physical activities outside of school.
With the upcoming Autumn and the nights drawing in, it can be difficult to motivate ourselves to exercise, nevermind our kids. This really resonates with me having a 9 year old Son and being conscious of his physical activity level.
To help parents motivate their children to be more active I have created mini workouts with a fun element! The idea behind this is to demonstrate fitness is a lifestyle that the whole family can do together at home, in the garden or at the park!
The benefits of exercise are long established, but are worth reiterating. Regular exercise could cut a third of dementia cases and osteoporosis. It helps reduce the chance of strokes, cancers, depression and stress, as well as eliminating type 2 diabetes.
When it comes to a busy modern lifestyle, it can be difficult to factor in time to walk to school, as many parents don’t live close enough to walk or like myself, drive to work straight afterwards. It’s about finding a balance that works for everyone – could you swap ½ hour after work when they would be on an iPad or computer game, for a kick-about at the park or some fun fitness?
Here at New Dimensions Fitness I am helping busy mums be more active with their children through a series of home workouts, Mums Who Move.
Check out Charlie and I with this short tutorial below:
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