Everybody thinks kids get enough exercise
because they are always running around. Well, that
may have been the case years ago, before video
games, VCRís and the internet. The number of
overweight youth in our country is alarming, and
getting higher each day.
Kids need to develop an exercise and healthy
eating program when they are little. We, as
adults, need to set a good example. I realize with
todayís busy lifestyle, it is very difficult to
set aside time for exercise and a good balanced
meal. It is much easier to grab fast food or pop
something in the microwave and sit in front of the
We need to take care of ourselves and teach our
children how important it is to take care of their
health. People donít think much about their
health until something happens to them or a loved
one. Once they decide they need to do something,
sometimes they jump in too deep and too quickly.
Health maintenance is the key to a long life. Keep
your body fit before it breaks.
Exercise needs to be incorporated into your
daily schedule just like brushing your teeth,
taking a shower, or any other activity that you do
to take care of your body. Our muscles need
attention too. The old saying "use it or lose
it" really does apply to our muscles. If we
sit too long, our muscles atrophy and it takes
twice as long to build muscle as it does to lose
I am very interested in helping young people
develop a good exercise program, so that when they
get older they donít have to feel older. If you
are involved with any youth groups, please think
about adding exercise to your planned activities.
Exercise can really be fun, as well as beneficial.
Remember, keep moving. Youíll be glad you