The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a study indicating 81 percent of teens are inactive. They suggested the problem is exercise is geared towards boys. My first reaction was, “That’s nonsense.” The attitude that exercise is geared towards boys is an easy scapegoat. I have been active my entire life. I grew up with three brothers and an active mother. Inactivity is not just a childhood problem, nor is it just a male or female problem. It is our choice as individuals to make the effort. The only way we can change the statistic is to teach kids while they are young.
The biggest influencer a child has is their parent. I believe the road to healthy habits starts at a young age. I was taught how to put food together and cook healthy meals. An important lesson my mom taught me was, “If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, then don’t put it in your body.” Even to this day I always check the label and make sure what I’m eating has some nutritional value.
You can blame lack of time, lack of money and lack of energy. I encourage you to think of it like this; it takes time, money and energy to continue bad habits. These bad habits drain your energy, your bank account and take years off your life. Let me be blunt when I say if you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen. No excuses.
Children watch what you do and learn by example. There’s no getting around it. The time you invest now while they are young will pay off down the road. Make time to be active and eat well. Show them how to be well. Let’s make sure the next generation can be the example and not a statistic.