Move it or loose it, kids – that’s the warning from experts when it comes to the long-term health of our young people.
With close to 30 per cent of the global population now classified by the World Health Organization as either overweight or obese, plus a concerning number of children needing chiropractors as a result of increased screen time, it’s more important than ever that we focus on keeping children active.
Aside from the physical benefits associated with regular exercise, research has shown that healthy, physically active children are more likely to be academically motivated, alert and successful. Physical competence is also said to build self-esteem at every stage of development.
“The lifestyles of children now are so different from what they were for children even one or two generations ago,” says the Abu Dhabi-based chiropractor Steven Marsland. “They are much more sedentary, spend much more time indoors, and have lives that revolve around computers and television.”