The Effects Of Physical Exercise On Children, Young Adults, And Their Parents

818 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
As a future physical therapist, I will embody APTA’s vision by specializing in pediatrics and teaching children, young adults, and their parents not only the importance of living an active lifestyle, but how to in a fun, safe, and effective manner in order to optimize movement and function. Children are our future, and as they progress and overcome their physical barriers, it will ensure a successful existence of society far into the future.
Physical exercise is extremely important for young and upcoming generations, especially with the rise of obesity in children. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and social discrimination are just a few of the possible consequences of a childhood spent in front of the computer or television with little to no physical activity. Inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. Perhaps most dangerous of all, physically inactive parents pass along the same patterns to their children, thus propelling forward across generations, creating a cycle of poor physical and emotional health. Positive habits are important throughout life. From my experience of volunteering at an inpatient nursing home, I was able to see which patients led an active or sedentary lifestyle. Their outcome of recovery was markedly different. Therefore, it is of a paramount significance to introduce children to an active lifestyle so that positive habits are developed. Creating positive experiences for children is just as essential. A generation that…

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