My top 5 reasons why children don’t get enough exercise

One thing that I have come to realize in my years of teaching is that if something is not going as planned there is a reason behind it.

1. Time – Parents often feel like there is not enough time in the day to incorporate physical activity into their schedules.

 2.   Money – Some families find after school programs expensive and enrolling them on recreation sports teams costly.
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3.  Technology – At one point the only thing we had to worry about was too much TV, but now with the advancement of technology we now have to compete with social media, gaming, and cellular devices attempting to replace physical activity.

 4.  Space – An area to participate is always a problem, even as a physical education teacher I often have to relocate to accommodate another program or event that is taking place in my area.  For families lack of space can mean lack of access to a back yard or park or recreation center.
5.  They hate it – Yes, it’s true, believe it or not, there are some children who do not particularly care for physical activity.  This can be for many reasons, the activities chosen are not fun to them or they don’t truly understand the benefits of physical activity.


Together we can help to overcome this epidemic that is affecting our young people.


About smallfitness

I am Dr. Martha Higgins, but my friends call me "Doc". I teach physical education to elementary students and have been doing so for the past 15 years.
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One Response to My top 5 reasons why children don’t get enough exercise

  1. Joyfull Mom says:

    You are off to a great blog here! I like your topics very much. As a homeschool mom of 6, I not only make sure I get my exercise in but also my kids. We hardly have TV time — maybe 30 minutes on days we are not out. Video games or EARNED and cashed in on the weekend and limited to 45 minutes. I know it takes a lot of effort and some days I just can’t keep. As for the link to academics, I have a struggling learner and with supplements, essential oils, and exercise, we can avoid drugs and keep him alert and focused for homeschool. I look forward to seeing your blog grow! Blessings.

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