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The reflection of Exercise on the New Generation

Martin Krustev, Silvia Filkova, Monika Popova, Luiza Hadzhieva

Abstract

Introduction: Our health, tonus and overall well-being are in a constant relationship with a number of factors. One of the most important ones being, as evolution set it - physical activity. Unfortunately, in recent years the nature of our day-to-day life has changed for the worse as sedentary life has taken the place of the active one, even for the youngest. This tendency has led to an unheard of amount of overweight youngsters and such with an impaired metabolism.

Materials and Methods: To get to the bottom of this worldwide problem, we prepared and conducted a survey. The answers we received showed us the parents’ views of what an increased amount of activity correlates to in their children’s physical and mental health.

The survey was aimed towards the parents of children between 7 and 12 years of age. In it, we asked a number of questions which cover the parent’s view on exercise, the connection with their child and their willingness to discipline them towards a healthy lifestyle.

Results: The results showed that there is a substantial number of children that have little to no physical activity, but fortunately the tendency is for parents to be willing to make the first step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Conclusion: Sedentary life leads to an increasingly overweight and unhealthy society. Children should be guided towards an active way of living by their parents not only with words but with an example. New and upcoming sports are a good way to stimulate the children’s attention towards exercise and with that to lead to a healthier society.


Keywords

exercise, movement, youngster, health, parents


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