Hitch Fit Living Magazine Volume 1 July/August 2015 - Page 42

Families and especially children these days are growing up in an environment surrounded by screens and technology. You essentially cannot even enjoy a family dinner these days without a television in front of you or a cell phone buzzing at you. While this technology is not only multifunctional, useful, brilliant in design and super cool, it is becoming more and more toxic to the health and wellbeing of our families. In my personal opinion, we are spending far too much time in front of a screen of some sort rather than being active. That combined with the easy access to junk food, fast food and far less physical education in schools than what I recall growing up are creating a childhood and parenthood health danger. My purpose for writing this article is to motivate families to think outside the box and become active together. Parents, let alone children, need to get involved whether it be in traditional sports training or in nontraditional sports training. “Children glean many benefits from playing sports, including improved fitness, better social and verbal interaction, increased self-esteem and confidence, improved physical selfperception and academic success (Lloyd et al. 2013).” Parents involved in fitness are less stressed, they have more energy for these activities and are overall happier and healthier. The single best way to shift the focus from this health epidemic to a more positive solution is by becoming more active as whole. Getting families moving together will have a huge impact on overall health and keeping these activities upbeat will allow both parents and children to fully engage with each other.