What physical activity will you be enjoying in 20 years? If Canadian Sport for Life has a say, you’ll still be swooshing down the slopes, swimming in the lake or hiking up the mountains.
The Stay Active and Eat Healthy movement popping up everywhere is more than just a guilty reminder to get us moving. It is a loud alarm bell to wake us from our complacency about our health and the future of our children’s health.
It doesn’t seem loud enough, however. You see, the statistics for the current generation Z (born 1995-2012) are not good. According to recent statistics these beautiful and vibrant children of today are expected to live five years less than previous generations of boomers, X, and Y. The reasons are sedentary lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
Before you think that your children are healthy and active because they participate in everything going, consider the time they flop on the couch at home after an exhausting day at school and after school activities. A sedentary lifestyle means more than not participating in sports or activities.
It points to the times we do not move our bodies at all, regardless of what we have done previously that day. Remember when you had to get up off the couch to change the TV channel or stand at the kitchen sink to do the dishes? Making beds and running (literally) to the store was once a child’s chore.
More about this next column, for now let’s just remember that being active could include everyday activities as well as scheduled fun times. Of course the fun times include local sport groups and activities.
The Kootenay Swim Club is off to a great start after a fantastic swim meet in Lethbridge held in October. The club will be attending the Kelowna Fall Classic swim meet on November 24-25 and is made up of swimmers from both Castlegar and Nelson.
Practice sessions are split between the two cities. The team is currently training hard and will use the Kelowna meet as a warm up for a big meet in Kamloops in December where the goal is to get as many swimmers qualified for provincial AA and AAA championships.
New swimmers are encouraged to join anytime in the season. More information on the club is available at thekootenayswimclub.com or email email@example.com.
The Whitewater Ski Team is now accepting registrations for the 2012/2013 ski racing season. They have programs for skiers as young as five and older than 50. It’s never too early or too late to join in the fun and experience the thrill of alpine ski racing. Go to whitewaterskiteam.ca for a detailed description of programs and registration. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Selkirk College started indoor flag football last week and will run on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. continually throughout the season. Everyone is welcome. Selkirk College students, no charge. Non-students: drop-in $3.50, 10 punch pass $28, one month pass $23, semester pass $56. Includes use of weight room too. For more info contact Kim Barker 250-505-1325 email@example.com.