- Posted January 22, 2014 by
Only 1 in 4 teens meet federal fitness guidelines
Playing video games and watching TV is more exciting to young adults than getting an hour or more of moderate to vigorous exercise every day.
The 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey is based on self-reports and physical exams of 800 kids. The data shows a blind spot in their children’s lives that adults might be overlooking.
Chike Lindsay, a muay thai competitor, stated “I myself am a lifelong athlete, and I have been involved with coaching martial arts and fitness since for the last 15 years. One very overlooked yet obvious fact is that (with the exception of a select few) most people dislike exercise.
When people get older and more mature they dislike how a lack of exercise affects them more than they dislike exercise itself and view it as a necessary evil. Children and teens, however, simply won't exercise for the sake of exercising. The only way to affect the state of fitness in our youth is to shift the focus off of "fitness guidelines" and into sports and athletics.
Personally, martial arts has been an excellent form of athletics that has kept my fitness level a huge priority throughout my entire life. I started martial arts when I was 10 years old and I am still very close with friends I formed through martial arts as a form of athletics.
Furthermore every one of us have remained very physically active since then. When we facilitate and encourage the engaging of youth in sports and athletics as a social outlet rather than just a necessary evil we provide a built-in-motivator for them to make physical activity and fitness a lifelong habit.”
Martial arts might be a great way to introduce your child to a gym. Since these do not involve weights, the atmosphere tends to be less intimidating then at most regular workout locations. The classes are usually separated into different skill levels and working out in a group and once friendships develop, the students are less likely to skip the sessions.
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