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***Folks – We posses 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 trick around with us successors and gossip “When your mother was pregnant, she must obtain been startled by a kangaroo because you family never stop bouncing around!”
All the heirs 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 natural was that we never stopped motion and we could all see our ribs.
We would tolerably run than hike and were constantly being told to “slow down”.
There was only 1 rotund kid in my absolute 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 guard at the cinema and there wasn’t too much to patrol on TV - not that it mattered because we were only allowed to monitoring 1 hour of TV a week, and we exercised that amend by watching Saturday morning cartoons.
During university I knew I wanted to be a teacher and I worked and volunteered in different children’s programs.
The family were as active as I had been as a baby – nonstop running around and having fun.
There were 1 or 2 successors whose parents packed their lunches with unbiased a few too many treats and they were a few pounds heavier than the supplementary family but still moderate as active.
How Things are Now – The Huge Generation Difference
What I find astonishing about spawn today, is how dormant and unhealthy they are.
I currently go into daycare centres, schools, youth groups and yoga studios, to teach yoga to children.
I obtain been working with young my entire life and the trends in this genesis of children 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, offspring 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 have been seeing on a weekly motive and who have politic the names of the yoga poses from the “What I See, I Can Be” yoga novel - request the “Mouse Pose” (Child’s Pose) before we even begin the yoga class.
When I ask why they scarcity 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 delay 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 young ages 6-9 with stomachs that look like “Muffin Tops” or “Pot Bellies”, twin in size to men who posses well developed “Beer Guts”.
• Going into extreme schools and discovering 1/4 to 1/3 of the progeny are either overweight or obese, have laboured breathing impartial sitting or standing, and are inflexible.
How Did this Happen?
Children obtain been negatively impacted by the increasing emotions affair our society has with technology, TV, the car, and pure and rapid food.
Children are given access to and are encouraged to move games on the computer and on workman held electronic gaming devices.
They have a plethora of TV shows and DVD movies to choose from, which can action as a babysitting service for parents needing instance to gain chores completed or supper made.
Children are driven everywhere, with some parents doctrine like they are a limousine service.
The convenience of quick repast restaurants and easy-to-pop-in-the-oven prepared foods from the grocery store are too enticing for tired parents to resist when they are in a revive and dearth to straw hungry children.
Overweight, covert young eating filtered swift food, passively watching TV.
How We Can Ensure Our Children Stay Healthy for a Lifetime
To turn this trend around, it is prime going to transact a dawning of awareness and slowly awakening to the reality that there is a existing children’s health crisis occurring.
Once we are awake to the detail that “Children being rotund is Not OK”, (just as it is Not OK for children to be underweight and malnourished), we can then assault to make some changes.
It is going to move a conscious effort in our homes and in our schools.
It is going to transact 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 salvage this upcoming procreation from a life impaired and impacted by obesity, Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease, it means that adults are going to have to attain active with their children!
How Adults Can Lead By Example
Yoga is an laudable job to do as a successors because it can be a “Whole Family Affair” done by all generations – children, parents, and grandparents.
Children as successors as 2 and Grandparents as obsolete as 102 can all participate.
This intergenerational undertaking doesn’t compel any special equipment, can be easily done in the living room, and can be succulent incorporated into the daily routine.
Just like brushing teeth is taught to young as a daily activity, starting or ending the day with “Family Yoga Time” can be made to be measure of the daily routine.
Yoga is the finished activity, compared to what faces most Hockey Moms and Dads - taking up to drive their descendants to a 6:00am hockey practice, standing in the cold field holding onto a cup of hot coffee trying to stay warm, and watching their young achieve pushed around the rink.
Leading descendants by standard and doing yoga with them every day can aid ensure your spawn stay active and clean for a lifetime.