Immunizing Against a Sedentary Lifestyle
I recently read an article indicating that the greatest hazard to one’s health is a sedentary lifestyle. While this obviously contributes to obesity, even overweight people are significantly less at risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other serious problems if they are reasonably active.
A big problem in our modern world is that most occupations do not involve a lot of moving around. Today, “work” too often means sitting at a desk for long periods. As a result, instead of giving us a chance to rest after a hard day’s labor, our leisure now typically constitutes our best opportunity to engage in vigorous physical activity.
To make matters worse, it is the pleasure we have during childhood play that forms our preferences for leisure activities later on. And unfortunately, for many kids, play now means sitting in front of a TV or computer screen with thumbs on a control box being the only moving body parts. Running, jumping, climbing, etc. are quickly becoming relics of yesteryear. It is not that the youngsters don’t want to engage in more active play, they simply don’t know how and have never experienced the joys and rewards that make it self-perpetuating.
That is another critically important reason to enroll your little one in Romp n’ Roll. While he is obviously benefiting enormously from the fun and fascinating activities at the moment, he also is developing ideas about play that will serve him well for the rest of his life.
Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project. He may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.