We are witnessing an alarming rise in obesity rates among Canada’s children, a trend that we cannot afford to ignore. Since obesity is a major risk factor, it is critical that we step in now to reverse the current trend in childhood obesity. Parents play an important role in shaping the habits and health of their children: Encouraging them to make healthy food choices and to be physically active early in life will promote lifelong cardiovascular health.” – Cleve Myers, Chair, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Not so long ago, in order to survive, families had to get active together all day, everyday. Daily routines included many chores and getting around involved someone’s work out! Opportunities for cardio health and muscular tension and flexibility were part of life and exercise came naturally- literally!
In the year 2005, here in Canada, it is easy to live without exercise. The world is a very comfortable place with plenty to do while sitting still. Video Games, television. the Internet and a serious deprivation of spare time together in Canadian families, are all contributing to a routine of bad habits in our kids. Role Models Must Act Now!
Kids mimic everything their parents do. It’s important to send clear messages to our kids about what bodies need and how to keep our bodies in top shape. As well, kids should be aware of the dangers and how to protect themselves and ensure safety first.
If you do fit regular exercise into your routine, make them aware of that. It is important they understand you take care of your body and that your health is important to you. Talk about health concepts with your children often and lead them in their own energized play. If you play a sport- get them involved. Let them in on your action!
On the other hand, if, like many others, you have trouble finding the time to take care of your health, and time for workouts is simply not happening – change something tiny today! Now is the time to add a very manageable amount of activity together. Busy schedules and a wide availability of fast-food means our diet suffers as well as our activity level, so it becomes even more crucially important to motivate healthy lifestyles and energized play.
Cosmic Adventures has put together some ideas and creative games you can do anywhere, anytime to promote active play and fun together. It’s really easy once you get inspired to come up with a new reason to move about every day. If you make it manageable and fun, it will more easily become part of your routine. Get the whole family involved and decide together how you will get Activated this year!
Click here for a list of games to Activate your Family!