The holiday season is fast approaching, which means, as my kids count down the days, that they’ll be on break from school for a couple of weeks. For busy and working parents with younger kids, this means a mad scramble to make childcare plans, and for others, it means coming up with ideas and activities to keep the kids entertained and active.
Many parents assume that their kids get plenty of physical activity – mostly at school. The truth is however, that only 7% of Canadian kids and teens are active enough to meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and their recommendations of an hour a day of heart-pumping activity. So ask yourself: how much running, skipping, jumping, and sport participation your kids have had today… and yesterday… and the day before that?
There’s no point in dwelling on what didn’t happen, but there is plenty of reason to think about the future and to make sure your kids are getting the exercise they need for optimal health and happiness. Without it, they are at risk for many chronic and serious diseases and even premature death. Many leading experts point to the fact that many of today’s children will have shorter lives than their parents, in large part due to disease fueled by obesity and inactivity.
As our thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday season and to some extent, the gifts we’ll purchase to give to others, I have a few suggestions for our Tennis Canada readers:
Active kids are happier, healthier, have higher self-esteem, are less anxious, and even perform better academically. They’re also much more likely to grow into active, healthy adults.