Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sports Parents

Obesity rates for children are at an all-time high.  We’ve seen the statics.  They’re grim.  The next generation of kids is not expected to outlive their parents.  For the first time in 100 years, our children’s life expectancies are declining due to the increase in overweight.  (Olsshanksy S, Passaro D, Hershow R, Layden J, Carnes B., Brody J., et al (2005) A potential decline in life expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century.  New England Journal of Medicine, 352: 1138-1145.8).

We know that our children need to lead an active lifestyle to reap the benefits of good health. The benefits are many:  strong muscles and bones, weight control, decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, better sleep and improved self-esteem.

We know there is a link between children’s physical activity, fitness and play and other areas of development such as cognitive and behavior.  A recent study suggests that increased physical activity among students yields higher test scores and reduces disciplinary problems at school.  Schools with a higher percentage of fit students also earned better state performance ratings than those with a greater percentage of less fit students (Texas Education Agency, 2009.  Physically fit students more likely to do well in school, less likely to be disciplinary problems.  Austin, TX).

We also know that one hour of physical activity is recommended for school age children every day, yet it can be a challenge for kids to get that amount of daily activity.

Although there are more options for activity available today than ever before, the statistics continue to show drops in activity levels for all ages.  Fingers have been pointed at computers, video games, the fast food industry, less physical activity time at school, tough economics, a lack of active role models and busy, working parents.  These barriers can be overcome by parents that are committed the physical health and well-being of their children.  Parents can instill the love of an active lifestyle and by doing so establish healthy habits that their children will carry with them into adulthood.

Now it’s time to put this knowledge into a plan and put the plan into action.

Why? Why Sports for Kids

What?  Pick the Right Sport for Your Child

Who?  Parents as Role Models

How?  Etiquette for Sports Parents, Boundaries for Sports Parent

When?  No More Excuses

Where?  Move On

 

This Is Why I Run

I don’t hold any records.  I don’t train for races.  I will even admit that I don’t run very fast by most standards. But I have run for years and plan to continue running as long as I can. I started running years ago when it was the only solitude I got as a stay at home mother of three.

As far as I can figure out this is why I run:

  • Because I can.
  • The meditative effect being alone provides.
  • I feel capable of conquering the world at mile 1.
  • Nothing else I do makes me feel as alive as I do around mile 2.
  • I can solve a lot of problems in my head around mile 3.
  • Insomnia is non-existent if I hit mile 4.
  • I am a rock star in my own mind for anything after mile 5.
  • Circulation does incredible things for creativity, focus and productivity post-run.
  • Physical exhaustion is an under utilized feeling these days.

I have been meaning to try yoga or something else slower paced for some time, but find I just don’t have the patience for it right now.  I guess I will slow down when I slow down.  At this point in my life I like to go fast.  This is why I run.

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