What we can learn from children about being active.....

Posted on 19 October, 2013 at 22:30

This afternoon I was feeling particularly lethargic. I'm not too sure if my late night date with YouTube had anything to do with it?? zeal for life was waning. Thank goodness for my husband who arrived home from tennis late arvo and asked me if I'd like to go for a walk. Does he know me so well that he knows when a walk will set me straight? Or was it just that obvious that I was struggling with life? Either way, I am very blessed. Inside I was unusually dreading this walk. But from experience I knew, I'd feel better for it, so off we went.



And as predicted, as soon as my feet hit the pavement, life started pouring back into me. While we were out, my 17 month old son was released from his push chair and he began to explore. It got me thinking about exercise and how I view it compared to him.


He was climbing, walking, running, bending....any way his body could move, he moved it.


And these are the thoughts I had about what we can learn from children when it comes to exercise:


1. Move because it feels good.


2. Move because we can.


3. Move because we're curious about the beauty of nature.


4. Move in all the glorious ways our bodies will allow us to - it doesn't matter how we look.


5. Move because we love life.


6. Move because we ARE alive.


Too many of us have come to use physical activity as a punishment. Because we ate too much, because we need to be thinner, fitter, stronger. I definitely used to fit into all of these categories. And now I move because it refreshes me (as my husband has obviously picked up), it feels good, I'm a better human being for it.


Little children often have things so right, before the stresses of life have reached....and changed them. Next time I'm out walking, I might think of a few reasons children move, and be grateful for the body that allows me to do it.

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