Think about that for a moment. What would you do if you had an extra five years of life? Would you do everything that you could to actually make them count. Watch this video and tell me what you think.
Where have we gone wrong as a society? Can you even fathom that today’s kids are the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents? Here’s why:
Just a few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. In the name of progress, we’ve now chipped away at it so thoroughly that physical inactivity actually seems normal.
In less than two generations, physical activity has dropped by 20% in the U.K. and 32% in the U.S. In China, the drop is 45% in less than one generation. Vehicles, machines and technology now do our moving for us. What we do in our leisure time doesn’t come close to making up for what we’ve lost.
Many of you know how much of a priority I place on fitness. It’s inconceivable that we even need organizations like Designed To Move or Play 60. My parents never needed to “encourage” me to be active.
I didn’t need an extra incentive to get out and play and be a wild child. It was in my blood. It was what we lived for. I, and all of my friends, lived for riding our bikes, playing sports by the calendar and even throwing a few punches at each other.
My friends and I all had the usual adolescent challenges and problems as kids, but I can tell you, being active wasn’t one of them. In fact, our parents would probably say it was just the opposite. Slowing us down was a much bigger task than getting us to get out and play. Even in the winter… even in the snow, we ran until there was nothing left. And then we did it all over again the next day.
I challenge all of you to run wild. Challenge your children to … well, be kids!
Who knows, you may be giving them an opportunity to live longer. You have to wonder what they’d do with an extra 5 years.
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