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But WHY are older kids exercising less?

Posted by Dr. Susan on July 18, 2008

A new study finds that as kids they enter their teens, the rate of exercise drops off. I wonder if the researchers have taken a close look at the lives of teenagers and their environments. I’m quite confident that a significant part of the reason that exercise decreases is because once kids leave elementary school the amount of mandatory physical education they require begins to drop precipitously in many school districts. Instead schools are focused solely on academics. In addition, as kids enter middle and high school, intramural sports fall by the wayside. Whereas your little kid could play soccer, basketball or baseball no matter how talented he or she was, by twelve years old, all schools care about is competition. Intramurals no longer exist so kids who want to play ‘just for the fun of it’ are out of luck. Their opportunity for organized exercise dries up almost overnight, along with an entire social experience. So let’s not point fingers at the kids. Once again, its time for the systems in place to help us out and provide options to support our kids.

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One Response to “But WHY are older kids exercising less?”

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