Here at FitAgain we are passionate about sowing the seed with our youngsters that children’s fitness is fun and is something to be enjoyed, a chance to try something new and meet new friends.
Join with us and let us start a small ripple, together we can make a big wave and make our small contribution to turn the tide on the global epidemic of childhood inactivity. Let’s get our kids moving and motivated. Let’s get them away from the screen and experiencing real-life changing hobbies that will grow into opportunities to flourish, develop and learn.
Let them enjoy it…
Let’s get our kids enjoying the outdoors, let them bloom into healthy, well-balanced and colourful energetic individuals with a great grounding and understanding of the vital importance of exercise in our everyday.
Let’s fill their world full of a rainbow of choice, walking, running, cycling, swimming, boxing, rugby – the list is endless. Let’s give them the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and give them the gift of a healthy future.
We have an important job as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians, teachers, youth workers and sports coaches to be good role models for the young people in our lives and set an example that health and well-being is the foundation for a bright future for our children’s fitness.
According to The World Health Organisation there is a ‘Global epidemic’ of childhood inactivity https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-50466061
Four in five 11- to 17-year-olds around the world are not taking enough physical exercise, according to the first such analysis.
The World Health Organisation says children’s health is being damaged as well as their brain development and social skills. It says failing to take the recommended hour a day of exercise is a universal problem in rich and poor countries. Boys were more active than girls in all but four of the 146 countries studied.
What exercise counts?
Pretty much anything that makes the heart beat more quickly and the lungs breathe harder.
The main reason is health, both now and in the future.
In the short term, being active means:
- fitter heart and lungs
- stronger bones and muscles
- better mental health and wellbeing
- lower weight
But the researchers say there is also growing evidence being active is good for the developing brain.
What is going on then?
There is no single answer that explains why activity levels are so low but there are some common themes. One is the focus on academic performance over physical fitness.
Children who are more active have better health and wellbeing and generally do better in school. Experts said the results were alarming, showing that movement was being stripped out of modern lifestyles, with children weaned on screen-time and starved of outdoor activity. Link
Here at FitAgain we believe that we can all make one change that will make a big difference, let’s turn those stats that British children are among the least active in the world on their head and get our children active. Would your child like to try a new sport?
We are running a Kids Only Boxing Course, this starts on the 25th of February at Rousdon Hall, near Lyme Regis, Dorset from 5pm – 5:45pm, for more information https://fitagain.co.uk/courses/#Boxing
Children’s Fitness:Early Intervention
Russ Jago, Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity & Public Health at the University of Bristol, said: “Developing early intervention strategies that help children retain activity levels could include after school physical activity programs, focusing on participation and enjoyment in addition to popular sports – and a greater emphasis on promoting weekend activities.”
At FitAgain we are proud to sponsor the Chard RFC Youth Section, rugby is a great sport for kids for many reasons and echoes the advice of early intervention and encouragement of after school and weekend activity.
Let’s Change the tide on Children’s fitness for good!