Our kids are better, faster and stronger than we were, right? After all, when we were children, there were not as many organized sports as there are now. Children are playing organized sports at a much younger age. Parents now are much more involved in their children’s lives and in keeping them active; so they should be faster, right? Unfortunately, most are not. Overall, children are also much less fit than their parents were. In an analysis of studies on millions of children from around the world, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that, on average, it takes children 90 seconds longer now to run a mile than it did 30 years ago. Overall, today’s children were found to be 15 percent less fit than their parents were, and this was found among both boys and girls and across all ages.
The key conclusion from these studies is that children are not active enough today, and there are a number of reasons for this; some we can change and some we cannot. What would be ideal would be for parents to recognize the importance of their children being active. We make sure our children do their homework, brush their teeth, do chores, etc. Sixty minutes or more of vigorous physical activity (accumulated throughout the day) should be included in one of those “must-do” categories. Our challenge is to make it fun, which we have the power to do. We were children once too and had fun being active even though it wasn’t organized. Play tag, build a fort, have a snow ball fight, go sledding, do a fun run or walk; there are hundreds of activities to do with your children.