Sedentary children, more and more numerous

Are your children one of those who do not stop or those who do not move? Enjoying a balance between physical activity and study time is ideal for children. According to a study carried out by the Alimentum Foundation in collaboration with the Higher Sports Council (CSD) and the Young Sports Foundation, 39 percent of boys between 9 and 10 years old and 68.2 percent of girls does not engage in any physical activity.

Apparently, the time spent on physical education in schools has been reduced by between 20 and 30 percent and, at the same time, schoolchildren between 10 and 14 years old spend 80 percent of their free time idle. Therefore, this translates into less time spent playing sports at school and less physical activity outside the classroom. On the other hand, the study also reveals that 10 to 12-year-olds spend 170 minutes during the week watching television, playing video games or chatting, a time that is 196 minutes for those between 13 and 14 years and up to 208 for those 15 years or older.

Data shows that overweight and obesity rates can be reduced when students are more physically active. Furthermore, it is important to note thatboys and girls who participate in sports programs have better self-esteem, higher academic performance, better interpersonal relationships and better quality of life than sedentary people.

Life in big cities is sometimes an impediment to doing sports or more outdoor activities, since it is more difficult now than before to play in the street. However, the alternative is to join a sports group or team from a young age, initiating in the child the taste for sport from the earliest childhood to last through adolescence and into adulthood. And remember, the example is your best weapon to get your children passionate about sports. If they see you, they will surely join.

Marisol New.

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