I see a real bad trend in American social norms as far as physical activity goes and it has been going on for quite some time. I’m talking about the sad fact that kids aren’t outside playing together anymore – and that’s where the love of physical activity usually starts. If it weren’t for scheduled play dates & organized sports, kids would have nothing to do besides playing video games all day. Kids should be playing together outside to have fun – not to be getting “exercise”. I’m aware that it’s not the 70’s anymore & it’s a different world – but it shouldn’t be like the way it is. And as a Fitness Professional, I’m not sure what I can do about that. I apologize for rambling Joanne – I’m curious to hear from others in the room. Great question!
Paul, thank you so very much for responding to my questions. I agree with you wholeheartedly that children are not getting sufficient exercise. However, I would say the same thing regarding adults.
I am of the opinion that one way to facilitate change as far as engaging sedentary populations to start moving is to ask this population to consider reintegrating physical activity into their daily routine.
Paul, the reintegration of physical activity into the daily or organization routine is actually the topic of a social marketing campaign that I am working on and I personally believe that the fitness industry can do much to encourage sedentary to consider reintegrating physical activity in bouts of 10 minutes just to get them started.
I’d be happy if you would visit my blog to learn more about my campaign.
Paul, thanks for your post and if you believe you are a boisterous advocate for the reintegration of physical activity into organizational routine, please visit my Facebook page 10-Minute Bootcamp and “Like” me.