It’s a tragedy of catastrophic proportions to watch as children become less active and more sedentary. Just as the generation before them did. Besides the festering health concerns that come with this, there is also the loss of the true joy of unstructured, outdoor play.
Our fear based society has put an end to pure play, where kids, run, jump and fall and then get up and try again. Many parents are afraid to let their kids get dirty. Look around a school yard during recess, kids have no idea what to do with themselves. They stand around in tight groups, many of them typing into their cell phones.
But we still have a chance to save this generation and those that follow by recapturing the lifestyle that rewards child’s play. As important as is piano lessons and homework and other artistic and academic pursuits, even more important is a child’s physical well being.
Tell your children to go out and play. Show them how. It wasn’t so long ago that you rushed home from school only to rush back outside to play. If circumstances call for adult supervision, volunteer yourself.
Ray Salomone Personal Trainer and Wellness Activist