Thursday, September 03, 2015

Guilting teens into exercising does not work

"Get off your butt and go throw throw the ball around outside, you fat ass" is not a recommended way to get pre-teens to exercise more.

It took some scientists at the Univ of Georgia to figure this one out. Their study appears in the Sept issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Middle school is a crucial period--kids decrease their activity 50% between fifth and sixth grades.

The key is for the kid to see the fun and benefit of exercise--maybe even from a younger age, so they self-identify as a sports kid or athlete when middle school comes.

---This means teaching more structured games in elementary school

--Integrating physical activities into academic lessons

--Or expanding community athletic leagues to give kids more sports opportunities.

Just as some kids are drawn to art, others are drawn to activity. What you want is for all of them to seek out the activity part.

Kids should instigate it--because it's fun, because its competitive (like their video games), and because it makes you feel good. The wrong reasons are because a nagging parent browbeats them into it.

Hackysack--I never got that one. Why would kids kick a little bag up in the air unless it was fun somehow. But they do, so it must be.

Also, I don't know about your neighborhood, but a driveway basketball hoop gets plenty of action where I live.

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