The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation report that in 1980, 857 million people were suffering from obesity. That number has since risen to 2.1 billion people in 2013. If anything, obesity has become a more prominent issue despite advancements in physical fitness and healthcare. And when you add the record breaking number of children suffering from obesity, this poses a significant health risk in the long term.
Physical education has long been a part of the curriculum in schools and federal and health institutions. However, the current framework doesn’t seem to work as not only are more and more kids becoming overweight, the risk of contracting severe long term complications is also increasing. Fitness education is now more paramount than ever!
How It Helps
Fitness education is commonly mistaken as an interchangeable term for physical education (PE). PE is essentially where you learn how to play sports and how they contribute to your physical development. Fitness education is much more than that. It’s a comprehensive approach to keeping your body in a healthy and prime state by learning how exercise, nutrition, sleep, and work, and how these factors affect our health.
Teaching children about general fitness from a young age can have a profound impact on their long term development and well being. A child who knows what foods he/ she should eat will automatically start avoiding junk and preserved foods. From a young age this can enable the child to enjoy optimum health which contributes to his/ her physical and mental development.
How Should We Start
Before we start we have to come to a realization that there is no such thing as dieting or going on a diet. By doing so you are psychologically training yourself to observe a nutrition plan for a given period of time. In fitness education, the word diet is replaced by nutrition where your everyday meals incorporate a healthy mix of proteins, low carbs, fibers, green vegetables, and fruits.
These nutrients are enough to keep you full and feel light and energetic at the same time. Make it an effort to change your eating habits for good rather than for a specific period of time to achieve a purpose, like getting a summer body.
Exercise works hand in hand with proper nutrition. Exercise is not restricted at any age so don’t be shy to take a walk or a jog 3 to 4 times a week. Combine that with light compound exercises that affect various muscles in your body. You will be delighted to see the results in a month’s time!
Education Starts from Home
The current obesity trends should be an epidemic but sadly it’s not an issue that is widely talked about in the media. Remember that your efforts are meaningless if the environment in your home doesn’t change. Motivate your family to give up foods that only bloat you and take up alternatives that actually make you feel lively. Down the line your efforts at home can transition to the community around you!