Growing up I didn’t realize how much physical activity that we did as kids. When it was summer we’d ride bikes or roller-blade around town and to baseball practice. It was normal to walk over to a friend’s house to see if they could play outside and be
disappointed when the friend was grounded or already out playing. A common habit was always having one eye on the street lights because that is when it was time to go home, and I can remember arguing in vain with my mom about how unfair that was because there was still daylight outside. A vivid memory would often be high school athletes training at their school’s gym during the summer because it was a place that build camaraderie and a bond of friendship.
Even in our schools today there is more emphasis placed on mental habits over physical habits. But do they both not have effects, both positively & negatively? Some of the smartest and most successful people in the world still spend time in their day working out in some way. From Bill Gates to Ted Turner (who has a treadmill tucked behind a wall in his office) successful people build healthy mental and physical habits; these habits are most effectively integrated at an early age. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, less than a third of high school students get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Illinois is one of 6 states in the country that requires students to take PE, however it’s increasingly more common to see many of these workout areas disregarded. The main reasons are due to funding and lower PE attendance because of the increase in waivers. Integrity Fitness has been helping these schools revitalize their fitness areas by custom designing the facility to maximize its usage. We also work with the school on a payment plan that fits into the school’s budget. A revitalized fitness area has given new life and vigor to the PE program that makes the school proud, and has increased usage among the students.
Helping kids stay healthy is a community effort that will benefit their future and help them develop habits for their entire life. With a lack of exercise, kids are exposed to risk factors for obesity, hypertension, autoimmune disease, and countless other conditions. Convincing kids to put down the electronics and to start having fun will not be easy, but isn’t a healthy future worth it?