• All kids naturally love to be active
  • Humans naturally love activities they are competent in and gain enjoyment from (gain pleasure).
  • Humans naturally avoid activities, and situations where they feel incompetent or don't gain enjoyment ( avoid pain)


So what happens to kids who fail to find enjoyment in physical activity?

  • They become inactive, unhealthy and de-motivated adults

The Inactivity Cycle

  • Child tries a sport → Child receives lack of enjoyment/fulfilment in the activity because of lack of competency, it is the wrong sport for their personality, or a lack of encouragement from parents or friends → Child quits the sport and forms a negative association with the activity → Child tries another sport (hopefully)

This cycle continues for many (or few) rounds depending on the support and encouragement a child receives from family and friends. However, eventually if they cannot find an activity they enjoy by the time they are teenagers, many youth remain inactive for the rest of their lives. The negative association with separate activities has now spread to ensure the child feels a negative association with all physical activity (fitness sux), and thus chooses to avoid physical activity and trying new activities ( or revisiting previously tried ones) unless someone can break down that thought process.

This is the Number 1 consequence we must avoid

  • Children who are not involved in physical activity become adults who are not involved in physical activity!


Their:

  • Bones will be less dense ( future osteoporosis)
  • Confidence will be lower ( depression, anxiety, unwilling to try new things)
  • Social skills and teamwork skills will be underdeveloped
  • Determination and drive will be lower
  • Fitness and lean muscle will be lower
  • Core muscles will be weaker ( lower back, hip and knee problems as adults)
  • Their cardiovascular system will be weaker ( higher chance of hypertension)
  • Blood Sugar tolerance will be lower ( less lean muscle, greater insulin spikes, more fat storage)
  • Ability to burn fat will be lower in comparison to other adults and they will be more likely to be overweight.
  • Energy will be lower (Less energy = less life)

Primary School Teachers/Schools:

  • If your teachers are unable to easiliy identify why (or even if) the students in their class are withdrawing from physcial activity or developing a negative association to fitness and health then you are promoting the inactivity cycle. 
  • If your teachers do not have a system/protocol to ensure ALL of the students in their class are developing a positive association with physcial activity then they are promoting the inactivity cyle

Parents:
If you let you child go through their childhood without ensuring they are involved in at least some form of physical activityyou are being negligent. They will be considerably worse off as adults health wise than other kids who are frequently active and involved in physical activity.