So, everyone has just broken up for the school holidays. 6 weeks of being able to go out every day and be in the sunshine (or rain since it's England). However, no one seems to go out...
The School Summer Slump
Nowadays most children are no longer going out during the school holidays. Due to the amount of technology and gadgets they have such as tablets, phones and games consoles they are staying inside throughout the holidays. Instead of playing out, making dens and riding bike's they sit in front of a screen.
Without the regular PE sessions and possibly the walk to school, most children are now getting no exercise at all. A study was done showing that over the time spent at school, children's cardio-respiratory systems improved. Yet when tested again after the summer holidays, 80% of this improvement had been lost.
Dangers of Inactivity
At any age, physical inactivity significantly increases the risk factors of developing deadly diseases such as:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
This is what we put our children at risk of if they do not do any kind of physical activity.
Only small changes are needed to make sure our children are healthier and reduce the risk of any kind of disease.
Walking 1 mile a day can dramatically reduce their chances of getting any diseases related to inactivity. This takes around 20 minutes out of your day.
Going out on a family walk, or to play games in the garden can be a great way of making sure the whole family is getting enough exercise. It also gives you more time to spend with your children and develop a better bond with them.
These small changes can improve your whole family's way of life and make sure your children are fit and healthy. Make sure that exercise becomes a regular part of your life. PE lessons at school sghould not be relied upon for your child to keep fit and stay healthy.