Shaping the way children feel about exercise

Fit Kids Simon McQueen

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I was recently reading the September 2009 President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, which found that ‘positive character development achieved through physical activity is linked to positive adult role models.’

This means that the more chances a child has to be exposed to an adult that shows them care and respect, and at the same time models a healthy active lifestyle, the greater the likelihood of that child aspiring to a similar lifestyle.

This got me thinking about all the opportunities for physical activity that our children are presented with, and the huge responsibility that this places on the adults presenting these activities and sports.

How many times in your life have you been put off a sport or exercise because of the approach of the teacher or coach?  How many times has your child wanted to quit because of the way that the teacher makes him or her feel?

I’m growing my Fit Kids team at the moment, and my number one requirement when looking for new coaches is not that they have an amazing background in fitness and know everything about training children.

It’s always and only that they know how to make children feel noticed, inspired, motivated and capable.

That’s what shaping the way children feel about exercise is really about – it’s never what exercises you put into your classes and what developmental milestones they’re addressing.

It’s actually all about the coach.

Is that coach you or someone you know?


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About Simon

I'm a dad, a teacher and a business owner, doing my best to make every day count. I'm determined to shape the way the next generation feel about exercise, and I'm doing this by showing children the difference between enjoying exercise as part of healthy lifestyle, and participating in exercise as a means to perform in sport. I'm also helping parents learn how to include exercise as a normal part of daily life, and working with schools and teachers to change the way they present exercise to children in the foundation years.

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