Think that being on the school soccer team means you’re getting your daily dose of exercise? Think again! According to a report from Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine only about one-fourth of kids who participate in team sports get the recommended amount of daily exercise during practice.
The government suggests that children get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, but less than 50 percent actually do. The numbers are even scarier for teens (only 10 percent actually get enough sweating in).
But how does
your hour and a half huffing and puffing up and down the field not cut it? Consider all the time you spend listening to pep talks from Coach or waiting your turn to go through a drill. That idle time really adds up, which means you may not be working hard for as long as you think. Sigh.
So what should you do? While participating in organized sports is really good for you and, as the journal suggests, has infinite social benefits, don’t stop there. Think of extra ways you can eke in some exercise. Practice got you up and moving, so keep that groove going. Suggest your teammates go for a post-practice jog (hello, victory lap) or do some weight training on your own. On your off days, don’t forget to work out so you don’t lose your momentum.
What do you think? Is your practice totally tough or a walk in the park? Blog it out...