Our kids are failing at fitness: Why? (Sam has some ideas)

The news seems to be the same each year, another bad grade for Canadian children and fitness. See “Canada’s kids receive a D+ for overall physical activity levels. Find out how we can improve the grade in the 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card at”

What’s the issue? Over the years we’ve been thinking and writing about this we’ve had some ideas and suggestions. Here’s six of them:

First, we should think in terms of everyday movement, not exercise.

Second, we shouldn’t police gender and kids sports.

Third, we should stop protecting children and allow them to take risks.

Fourth, we shouldn’t assume that because kids do sports that they get enough activity in their lives.

Fifth, we should let girls do active things like ride bikes.

Six, we should think about physical activity broadly, not just running, but also playing outside.

A silhouette of children playing. Photo by Rene Bernal on Unsplash

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