Our education inspectors are saying that there is not enough physical, strenuous activity in PE lessons today. They site a number of reasons for this but my question is; are the schools entirely to blame for the poor fitness levels of our children? Surely as a parent it is our responsibility and, indeed, joy to inspire our children to engage in physical activity to ensure they get the best chance of good health.
As parents are we good role models? Just as a child learns to cook by watching and experiencing home cooking, we can be a tremendous positive role model by making exercise a normal part of everyday life.
It is never too late to start. How about a family walk at the weekends? A daily brisk walk with the family dog? Why not let one member of your family choose the family activity for the weekend? All family members have to be involved – this responsibility will give them great confidence and raise self- esteem. It has been well documented that we feel better when we exercise, our mood is enhanced. Having a family fitness goal can give direction and commitment – how about the Great Midlands Fun Run? Take part as a family. Agree to complete it together or handicap the fitter members of your family and make it more competitive. At SE Fitness we welcome families with teenagers – we have groups that will suit all levels of fitness.