Adolescence is thought to be the time when children go off exercise – but a study by The British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests it happens much earlier, around the age of seven.
When I saw this article on the news, I knew I had to get involved, as it is related to me because I am a teen athlete. So I will give you tips from my experience, it doesn’t matter if you are a parent or a child that has trouble getting enough exercise. Adolescence is the age of puberty. Most teens can’t stand it when their parent make a huge deal of puberty, that includes me. However, the problem now is that the exercise level declines much faster, around the age of seven. That is way too young. At that age children should be getting involved in sport clubs and getting at least one hour of exercise.
This is another reason children are becoming obese much younger. They hang out with their friends, most likely with a packet of crisps and sweets. And unconsciously gaining weight. If I’m being honest, when I came to live in England five years ago, I was mind blown by what some children had in their lunch boxes, some had two packets of crisps.
So what can you do to keep fit at a young age? It’s very simple and fun. Exercise doesn’t have to be sprinting or in the gym like you might imagine. They can even be very little things, like increasing the speed that you walk to school at, or riding to school rather than taking the bus. However, my number one tip would be to join a club. The easiest way to get children to do something, is to make it fun. If you are a parent, play squash or tennis for example. Increasing your child’s exercise levels will not just make them fitter, but also happier. Last but not least, unplug that X-Box or PlayStation! Teens as well as children can spend hours and hours on them, just wasting their time. Get that hour of exercise in!
How much exercise exactly?
- At least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis
Tips from BBC:
- walk or cycle to school as often as you can
- find time every weekend to do something active with your children
- take the dog for a walk – if you haven’t got one, borrow one
- support your child in any sport, club or activity that interests them
- take part in a fun run or a charity challenge together