Let’s get our children involved in physical activity NOW!!

It is a sad reflection of our current life-style that 1 in 4 children are overweight and 1 in 7 children are obese.

“Over eating is not the main cause of child obesity,” says an Auckland specialist, Dr Wayne Cutfield

“There has been a change from physical activities for children to sedentary activities.”

The sedentary lifestyle is due to television, PlayStation, computer games and the internet. Unfortunately, we are moving into a much more technologically sophisticated era that involves a lot more computer and sedentary activity.

Children need at least an hour of exercise a day where they get a bit of a sweat up!

Physical activity can:

  • Increase feeling of well-being
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Develop a strong, efficient heart
  • Provide more energy
  • Assist with weight control
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Provides enjoyment/fun
  • Increase alertness/concentration
  • Improve flexibility
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Increase muscle tone
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase self confidence
  • Improve your posture
  • Help you relax
  • Develop strong bones
  • Improve your appearance

Check out our amazing Hearty Fun Fitness Programme – endorsed by the heart foundation and Hearty Fun Skipping Programme both of these resources for kids are guaranteed to get children moving, grooving and exercising to get their heart rate up!

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