It doesn’t take a rocket science to determine that there is a problem with inactivity in the z-generation…or the under 20 somethings.  But do they have a fighting chance?  Poor parent models, technology, the environment, and the immediate gratification attitude has created a culture of me-now-first.

The ACSM September/October Health and Fitness Journal reported the following numbers of just one statistic…which is scary, an increase in screen time (2+ hours/day…phone not included)

53% 2 to 5 year olds have more than 2 hours

60% 6 to 11year olds have more than 2 hours

69% of 11 to 19 year olds have more than 2 hours

Time to make a change.  Below are some ideas to enhance activity levels that are very basic.

Type of Activity Children Adolescents

Moderate

Aerobic

Activity

Play

Biking

Walking

Skateboarding

Active recreation, hiking, rollerblading

Brisk walking

Biking road or stationary

Chores, gardening, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow…

Hand eye games that require catching

Vigorous

Aerobic

Activity

Running

Jumping Rope

Martial arts

Dance

Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Skiing

Active chasing games…Flag Football

Running

Jumping Rope

Martial arts

Dance vigorously

Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Skiing

Muscle Strengthening

Playground activities

Resistance bands

Body weight activities

Outdoor Activities…climbing,

Calisthenics

Body weight activities

Resistance bands

Exercise Equipment

Outdoor Activities…climbing

Calisthenics

Bone Strengthening

Hopping, Skipping and Jumping

Running

Jumping Rope

Coordination sports…gymnastics

Hopping, Skipping and Jumping

Running

Jumping Rope

Coordination sports…gymnastics

 

Here is a short list on how to increase activity and decrease screen time:

 

Get a dog

Join a Club…Boy/Girl Scouts, 4H, Church Group…

Get a Job

Walk to School

Learn a trade…working on cars,

Play an instrument

Theater

Art Projects

Actually meet with friends and…talk, walk and interact!

 

Stay healthy