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***Folks – We own a Children’s Health Crisis Going On Here!
How Things Used to Be – Only a Few Short Decades Ago (Only 4 Short Decades Ago!)
When I was young, my father used to witticism around with us descendants and gibber “When your mother was pregnant, she must retain been startled by a kangaroo because you progeny never cease bouncing around!”
All the family in my neighbourhood were active.
We ran endlessly around the neighbourhood playing Hide & Seek, the older boys played Football on the street in the summer and Hockey in the winter. The girls did Gymnastics, swinging like monkeys on the Monkey Bars and Swing Sets and doing cartwheels and handstands on the grass.
What we all had in usual was that we never stopped progress and we could all see our ribs.
We would somewhat run than pace and were constantly being told to “slow down”. There was only 1 plump adolescent in my whole school - although ironically by today’s standards, he would be considered a “standard size” child.
There were only a few kids’ movies that you could patrol at the cinema and there wasn’t too much to monitoring on TV - not that it mattered because we were only allowed to patrol 1 hour of TV a week, and we exercised that rectify by watching Saturday morning cartoons.
During university I knew I wanted to be a pedant and I worked and volunteered in different children’s programs.
The heirs were as active as I had been as a teenager – nonstop running around and having fun.
There were 1 or 2 issue whose parents packed their lunches with just a few too many treats and they were a few pounds heavier than the more young but quiescent fair as active.
How Things are Now – The Huge Generation Difference
What I find astonishing about issue today, is how latent and unhealthy they are.
I currently go into daycare centres, schools, youth groups and yoga studios, to teach yoga to children.
I retain been working with heirs my complete life and the trends in this begetting of family are disturbing. These are some of the surprising things I hold witnessed, heard and obtain been asked by children:
• In a daycare at 9:30 in the morning, descendants ages 2-4 telling me they are tired after doing 3 yoga poses – less than 5 minutes of activity.
• Children ages 2-4, who I obtain been seeing on a weekly ground and who obtain sage the names of the yoga poses from the “What I See, I Can Be” yoga romance - request the “Mouse Pose” (Child’s Pose) before we even begin the yoga class.
When I ask why they want to do that pose, they acquaint me that they are tired – and I can see that they ARE physically tired.
• Children ages 4-5, after a few minutes of rather active yoga, asking to pause because they are starting to sweat! This is body that they haven’t experienced before and they are not use to sweating and find it uncomfortable.
• Going into school classrooms and seeing progeny ages 6-9 with stomachs that look like “Muffin Tops” or “Pot Bellies”, alike in size to men who own well developed “Beer Guts”.
• Going into radical schools and discovering 1/4 to 1/3 of the progeny are either overweight or obese, hold laboured breathing unbiased sitting or standing, and are inflexible.
How Did this Happen?
Children hold been negatively impacted by the increasing love affair our society has with technology, TV, the car, and filtered and rapid food.
Children are given access to and are encouraged to machination games on the computer and on drudge held electronic gaming devices.
They posses a plethora of TV shows and DVD movies to choose from, which can accomplishment as a babysitting service for parents needing juncture to achieve chores completed or supper made.
Children are driven everywhere, with some parents impression like they are a limousine service.
The convenience of swift food restaurants and easy-to-pop-in-the-oven prepared foods from the grocery storeroom are too enticing for tired parents to resist when they are in a accelerate and deprivation to forage hungry children.
Overweight, inactive progeny eating pure rapid food, passively watching TV.
How We Can Ensure Our Children Stay Healthy for a Lifetime
To turn this trend around, it is best going to bear a dawning of awareness and slowly awakening to the reality that there is a current children’s health crisis occurring. Once we are awake to the gospel that “Children being ample is Not OK”, (just as it is Not OK for successors to be underweight and malnourished), we can then start to make some changes.
It is going to take a conscious effort in our homes and in our schools.
It is going to take conscious effort by every mother, father, grandparent, daycare provider, school teacher, and youth leader.
Children are taught what to value and issue learn to value what adults’ value.
To reprocess this upcoming generation from a life impaired and impacted by obesity, Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease, it routine that adults are going to own to attain active with their children!
How Adults Can Lead By Example
Yoga is an laudable afafir to do as a issue because it can be a “Whole Family Affair” done by all generations – children, parents, and grandparents.
Children as issue as 2 and Grandparents as expired as 102 can all participate.
This intergenerational afafir doesn’t compel any special equipment, can be tender done in the living room, and can be chewed incorporated into the daily routine.
Just like brushing teeth is taught to heirs as a daily activity, starting or ending the day with “Family Yoga Time” can be made to be ration of the daily routine.
Yoga is the whole activity, compared to what faces most Hockey Moms and Dads - receiving up to drive their family to a 6:00am hockey practice, standing in the cold park holding onto a cup of hot coffee trying to stay warm, and watching their adolescent attain pushed around the rink.
Leading young by example and doing yoga with them every day can help ensure your heirs stay active and sterile for a lifetime.