Now here is a cool thing.
I was just reading about a school in New Jersey that is looking to get ahold of used exercise bikes.
This is a program for an elementary school that allows those young ones to “get the wiggles out” they say, so that when they have a bit of time or if they can’t go outside because of the weather they can burn off a little of that energy that young people seem to have an endless supply of.
It allows the kids to focus and apparently has a positive affect on acadmics. If you have ever been around an elementary school playground at recess it’s not hard to understand why that might be the case. It stands to reason that when a child has an overwhelming desire to move, concentrating on anything as mundane as school work might be a challenge.
Putting upright workout bikes in schools for young children is bound to have another effect as well – helping kids get in the habit of making exercise a part of everyday activities. formalizing movement as part of something more than just a natural outgrowth of the need to move.
Combining a formal exercise activity with an unforced and enjoyable passtime will correlate those things in the young person’s mind so that when they enter adulthood and natural movement is not so much a part of their regular activities, the idea of exercising as a part of a healthy lifestyle is less likely to be seen as a chore to be endured and more as a pleasure to be enjoyed.
With luck this will translate into a healthy relationship with movement expressed in a pass time such as running or biking, either on the road or on trails.
As so many of us know, once we reach the point where it becomes obvious that the routine of our ordinary day to day lives don’t permit much exercise so we will actually have to schedule a time for it, it has become a foreign practice, one that we have grown out of like with. Though handled correctly exercise can become a bright spot in a tiring day, the fact is that most of the time it is something that we have to jam into a too tight schedule. And making room for something that there really isn’t room for rarely equates with having a good time.
When we have our lives situated one way, trying to change is alway difficult. Even if our routine involves something as simple as making time for tv shows that we don’t really care that much about, it is part of our routine. And routines are hard to change. They are comfortable. That is why making exercise part of our day is so difficult.
So I applaud any schools that want to take steps like this one is. The best way to get in shape is to stay in shape. Anything schools can do to make this a reality by starting with youths is a positive thing.