| Fit Kids, Smarter Kids
by Jeff Galloway
Every Kid Can Be A Fit Kid—and a more successful adult.
“When done correctly, exercise produces a joy that
enhances quality of life at any age”
If your kids were starting to contract a crippling disease
that was preventable, wouldn’t you try to do what you
could to keep this from happening?
Today’s kids are under a serious health threat and
yet many parents and teachers are letting them slide into
ripe conditions for degenerative diseases. If not recognized
and addressed, many of the kids in our community will suffer
significant health problems as young adults, resulting in
reduced opportunities and premature deterioration of life
itself. While many children are already on the path to degenerative
disease, by taking action now, thousands of kids can turn
this situation around.
Due to sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition, today’s
children are the least fit and the most fat of any generation
on record. Experts who predict longevity, believe that these
youngsters could be the first generation that does not live
as long as their parents. More troubling is the fact that
by letting children become sedentary and fat, we are setting
them up for failure. In the research section of this book
that overweight/sedentary kids have a much greater chance
of degenerative diseases, much earlier in life. They tend
to have less confidence, do more poorly in school and are
less successful as adults. Do you want to allow this to happen
to the kids in your family, or class?
This book offers a turnaround strategy. I know that it is
possible because, at 13, I was a fat, sedentary kid myself.
I had tasted exercise in physical education classes, didn’t
like it, and searched for the lowest level of exertion I could
get away with in exercise and academics.
Because of a requirement that I enroll in a sports activity
after school during when I was 13, I chose track conditioning.
My lazy friends were surprised but the decision was very logical,
based on the options:
1) Being on the swimming team meant driving across town,
and getting home very late.
2) I was terrible at basketball and didn’t want the
other players to make fun of me.
3) The kid grapevine told me that the track coach was the
most lenient teacher and coach in the school. According to
reports from a lethargic student who had participated in this,
you could run from the track to the woods (less than 200 yards)
hang out with other lazy kids throwing rocks into the creek,
and jog back at the end of the period. At the time, my grades
ranked me in the lower half of the class.
As fate would have it, I fell in with several members of
the cross country team (the group in school with the highest
grade point average) who I liked and who actually enjoyed
running. At first I enjoyed the jokes, gossip, and interplay
of personalities—even though the running was tough.
Week-by-week I found myself getting better in every way. Most
of the runs were non-competitive and fun. As my peer group
changed, I expected more out of myself in fitness and in class.
A few semesters later, I made the honor roll.
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