what would happen if fitness became a sport?
i mean this in regards to our concept of fitness and what it means to be truly fit....not aesthetic based, function based...
where do you think that would put organized sport?
let's just think big and say that every child was required and taught by teachers (paid REALLY WELL) for a minimum of 1 hour per day physical activity in fitness - not sport based "gym class" - fitness - i.e. db's, gymnastics, rowing, weights, sprinting, throwing....
on weekends they attend 2 hour sessions per day - where the parents have to participate as well (not sit in stands and drink coffee)
then at summer time, it's the same just more of it as in camps - 40 hours per week of it - learning about nutrition, themselves as humans, realizing potential, creating confidence...
MAD you say...well ask any parent with children involved in organized sports today...ask how much time is taken based on that - hockey parents travelling 1 hour each way to watch their 6 year old play 10 minutes in a hockey game....child has fun....parents sit and watch...efficiency..?
the argument lies in the effectiveness of this long term for weekday and weekend "specialized" activities..how about we just get more fit? (no goals, no awards, no "seasons")...just more fit
and how about adults monitoring their progress because they are working out with them...harmful you say...ignorance i say...i can give you 100 examples where i have seen an adult and child collaborate to find that fitness has no age boundaries - we have moms, dads and children working their asses off here at OPT all the time - TOGETHER...and we are starting to see an endless opportunity where these kids can flourish LONG TERM without disruptions due to schedule conflicts, teams, points, assistant captains, periods, halftimes, uniforms....get my drift
just think about the implications long term, we as adults see this as we improve our fitness...ours is broad...why in children do we have to specialize???... if Johnny does not sign up again for hockey next season Dad has no idea how he is going to go play golf on Saturdays when Johnny is supposed to be at hockey...whatever will he do?????
there are no limits to this, the answer to the question of when do they start is answered with current programs at globo gyms alike - gym and swim...you know the classes...funny how we think that invloving kids in weights and exercise at 3 years of age is shunned yet put some skates or a dance outfit on and it's fine....?...interesting..you don't want me to pull out all the stats showing injuries, disorders and the like in organized sport vs free activity and exercise alone do you?
let's think big folks...make fitness your sport and encourage kids and others to enjoy it as their sport as well...not with ellipticals and pecdecks but with jumping, running, throwing, sprinting, lights db's...make it short and sweet and fun...as fitness is!