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Get Off the Couch and on Your Feet

By Stephen R. Farris

One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four. Have we become a generation of couch potatoes? What about the newer generations -- our kids?

In today's society, most adults spend a lot of time on computers, sitting in their vehicles commuting to and from work and then returning home just to kick back on the couch or in the easy chair until bedtime. The same goes for our kids too. Today's children start early watching movies or playing games on the computer and smartphones. The only activity is using their thumbs, fingers and putting too much strain on their young eyes.

One solution -- even for adults -- is to start getting our kids more active in all aspects, rather than just sitting or laying down to play video games, etc. Such inactivity could lead to obesity which, in turn, may extend into adulthood, causing other health problems along the way.

Turning the Tables

There are many activities for kids to get involved with. Most local youth organizations offer sports such as flag football, baseball/softball, track and field events and other indoor/outdoor games they excellent for them to can participate in. A good source would be to check with your local YMCA to find what they have to offer or the Boys and Girls Club. Maybe even local churches have after-school activities for children to do as well. These are great examples to check into in order to help reverse the inactivity trend.

Start at Home

Maybe your schedule won't allow you to be able to get your kids to sports activities. There are other solutions. Invest in an exercise bike or two. Even if your favorite show is on television, you can still move the bikes in front of it and watch your movie and pedal at the same time to get in a workout. Plus it's a great way for you and your child to bond.

Fresh Air and the Great Outdoors

Another way to get off the couch and on your way to a healthier lifestyle for your kids is to simply take up walking together as a family. Not only is it a great way to start, but the journey outdoors can also provide an educational experience as well as a physical activity for kids.

The main emphasis is to get kids moving and more active with their lives. Not only will it help them now, but also as they grow into adulthood and beyond.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Taylors, S.C.

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