At Fitness Kids we love to hear from other child fitness coaches who have a passion in our children’s health and well being. We are proud to have our first guest blog by Sinead Loftus who, watch his space, may be joining our team in the near future.
Child Fitness and Why
Why in this day and age is it so important as a parent not to neglect noticing how much exercise your child is getting? The answer is simple, society has changed. We look at Facebook, internet, video games, technology in general! One would be very naive to think these powerful tools (which I might add weren’t around just 15 years ago) have no destructive qualities.
I am not blaming technology for childhood obesity, I’m simply saying if not monitored correctly it can get in the way of a rich healthy and active childhood.
As a child with very high energy (some might call ADHD) I was lucky enough to live in a society where it was “the norm” to run around all day playing games and using that extra energy constructively on a daily basis, as children should. Which then raises another question as to why so many children nowadays are now being medicated for ADHD. Could lack of exercise be the answer?
I remember during the summer months being out till 10 o’clock playing rounders, tip the can, stuck in the mud, polio and many more high energy games which are so important in a child’s physical and mental health and well being. I believe it is a necessity in a child’s social and personal development to interact with other children. Sadly you just don’t see this kind of carefree outdoor interactivity going on to the same extent any more. One must wonder why? Are PSP, Wii, X-Box and Facebook to blame?
As a child fitness coach I simply want to reintroduce this kind of daily fitness regime as part of a lifestyle to the children of this generation.
My aim is to reintroduce children to a fun, social and active lifestyle, which I believe is the key to a happy childhood.
Sinead Loftus Child, fitness coach.