Schools across the UK are taking a stand on too much sitting down in classes, children as young as 3 and 4 are beginning their battle against the diseases of old age the BBC reports.
The majority of schools across the UK are not hitting the recommended target of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. Dr Loosemore warns in the BBC article that a “tsunami of inactivity” in young children can lead to a dramatic increase in largely avoidable and common diseases.
He went on to explain that to an adult even a thirty minute run after work can’t repair the damage caused by hours over the years of sitting down behind a desk and that it is crucial we start to get young children standing up and stretching more within school hours.
“Sitting can create inflammatory cytokines (chemicals used by cells to signal to each other) which damage the lining of the arteries and the brain, leading to heart attacks and strokes and some cancers and also lead to diabetes and even alzheimers”.
Do we want the children of our new generation to be at risk in 30 years time?
Researchers believe it has become worse due to the age we live in of screen-based social media and computer games. Children represent an opportunity to change current habits and prevent their generation being at risk.
Schools and nurseries are the ideal place to teach and instil a new awareness of the dangers of a sedentary life and to start to tackle obesity and get children into the habit of being physically active from a young age.
In this modern-day environment children of all ages lead a more sedentary lifestyle. There is less emphasis on physical education as Dr Loosemore mentioned, the majority of schools are not reaching their target of physical activity and focusing more on literacy and numeracy in order to meet the ever demanding educational targets. Children are being denied their natural freedom of movement, imagination and inherent creativity within schools. We want to help schools change this.
From the moment children join reception at school they are sat in front of desks for the majority of the day and adding to this, they often spend long hours in front of television and computer games at home which is leading to postural problems and inertia, and not surprisingly childhood obesity. One in four children in England is classified as obese according to government statistics.
YogaBugs is a great way of introducing some much-needed physical activity into your children’s daily routine at school and nursery in a way they will find enjoyable as well as benefitting them hugely in the future.
YogaBugs franchisees have a range of programmes to offer schools to help make this much needed change, in particular our Early Year’s Impact and Change Programme which works with children for a year, helping to improve their physical and emotional literacy and providing schools with a detailed report of each child’s improvement.
If you are passionate about changing our children’s future and looking for a business opportunity that is rewarding both positively and financially, then please get in touch! YogaBugs is in demand by schools and nurseries alike, we just need you to make the difference in your area.
For more information on the franchise opportunity, please visit www.yogafranchises.co.uk