Children and a sedentary lifestyle.

Posted on August 8. 2016

Health & Lifestyle


Children and a sedentary lifestyle.

Researchers state that sitting too much is even worse than not exercising enough.

So why are we letting our children sit still for the majority of the day?

Humans started out as hunters and gatherers. Whether to track down our next meal or to avoid being the next meal for another creature, we kept our bodies going. Obesity was not an issue because physical activity was so common. It is not until recent generations that children and adults alike have started the unhealthy habit of only moving to reach one sitting place to the next.

Think about it: your child wakes up in the morning and immediately sits down to eat breakfast. After that your child is seated in a car or schoolbus to get to school. Your childs then spends most of the day sitting still in a learning institution. This pattern continues until your child goes to sleep that night. This constant sitting is hopefully interuppted with a sports activity or other planned exercise for that day.

We understand that children need to sit down during the day. The problem isn’t that children are sitting… it is how they are sitting.

Our bodies are made for a full range of motions, and sitting all day isn't good for them.

Studies have shown that sitting too much can lead to:

  • Lowered metabolism.
  • Increased risk of back pain.
  • Drop in healthy cholesterol.
  • Elevated increase in risk of cardiovascular disease.

Parents spend so much time ensuring that their children develop and grow in the best way possible. Why is lack of movement not taken into consideration?

Why is movement so important?

It's what our bodies were designed to do. With every movement, complex systems are put into place; it's not just one muscle that makes your body move. When speaking about children and movement, we refer to it as gross motor skills, and moving those large muscles helps a child to grow appropriately and gain balance and coordination.

Even when humans are fully grown grown, it is important to keep moving. If we don't use our muscles regularly, they begin to atrophy and not work as well as needed.

Movement while seated is important from the developing years until old age. It is movement that aids the development of motor skills and concentration as a child and early adolescent, and it is movement that keeps human bodies healthy in old age. One implication of this is that children and seniors are natural workout partners.

So how can you integrate more movement into your daily routine?

After work, plan time to play! Go for a walk, ride, or swim; spend some time at the gym; throw the ball with your child or dog. Anything you can do to get your body moving as it was built to do will pay off in keeping you healthy! We also encourage you to look at our movement chairs for your our children.

Movement chairs strengthen core muscles, develop balance and posture, and aif concentration. Take a long walk with your child, move your body, and think about it.

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