Newton’s First Law of Motion says “Every object persists in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed on it”. Often this is heard stated as “An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion”. While this is typically applied to physics and all that math and science associated with physics, this can be applied to exercise.
It is so easy to turn your one day off from the gym into two or three and the next thing you know you haven’t been to the gym in a month. Once you stop moving it becomes easy to continue not moving. This inactivity has become a public health issue, and now it is unfortunately affecting the youth population. The rise in obesity levels in children is at an all time high and this is in part due to the increased amount of inactivity of kids. I could probably write for days about the many moving parts that play a role in the rising childhood obesity levels, but for the sake of this post I will just briefly touch on early introduction to activity and motor skills. There has been some emerging research on the correlation between motor skill competence and physical activity later in life. Motor skills are any tasks that are performed that require some form of practice in order to become “good” at the tasks. These tasks range from simply walking to engaging at a high level in sports. The studies have found that the more skilled children were at a particular skill or activity or more skilled they felt they were, the more likely they were to engage in activities and the more likely they were to continue being active throughout life and into adulthood. [Please follow the hyperlink above if you are interested in this and want to read a little more about this research.]
That being said, it is important for lifelong health to get kids to put down the video games and get outside and play. It doesn’t matter if they join a sports team or if they are simply making up games with friends, so long as they are doing something that requires them to coordinate their limbs and raise their heart rate. So get yourself into motion early and stay in motion, because it so much easier to maintain motion than it is to restart motion.