Can Inside Kids Really Get Enough Exercise?
Obesity is all over the news – especially the rise in childhood cases.
Grade school girls need to take 12,000 steps each day and grade school boys need to take 15,000 steps each day just simply to maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI). This is equivalent to MILES of movement. At a nearby charter school, the grade school kids get one 15 minute recess break each day. Shortening recess and cutting out recess almost altogether is becoming a common practice. Using a pedometer we have found that a 15 minute recess provides an average of 1100 steps – less than 10% of what is needed daily for a school-aged girl. In fact, it usually takes our children around 5 HOURS of time outside to hit their appropriate numbers. Granted, this is with normal child-like activity of running around, jumping etc and with organized sports like soccer mentioned above, sure – an older child participating in an extended and rigorous game or practice could conceivably hit that number, but it’s unlikely. Either way, it’s an almost alarming amount of time – and certainly probably unrealistic in many households to get that in everyday.