By Nathan Rice
It was a good looking Sunday afternoon with sunny skies and a temperature of somewhat over 70 levels. We picked up lunch at a fast-food restaurant and stopped at a small park in Portsmouth to get pleasure from a picnic earlier than heading to our vacation spot — The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge.
The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge rises above the Elizabeth River and connects the cities of Portsmouth and Chesapeake. A pedestrian walkway stretches throughout the size of the bridge, offering a one-mile stroll from one metropolis to the opposite and delightful views of the Elizabeth River and the encompassing areas.
We parked close to the bridge and launched into our journey over the Elizabeth River. The 13-year-old noticed the incline of the bridge, which town of Chesapeake describes as a “wholesome 5% grade,” and set free a scream earlier than asking, “Why are we doing this once more?”
We walked from one facet of the bridge to the opposite, however there have been a number of occasions that we would have liked to cease because the 13-year-old complained of burning thighs, drained legs and an aching again. I didn’t doubt her complaints, as a result of I do know that she hardly ever goes outdoors and that train of any kind isn’t part of her life.
I’m glad she accomplished the stroll, however I used to be saddened by the truth that a wholesome 13-year-old couldn’t stroll that distance with out quite a few breaks. This wholesome 13-year-old ought to have had no bother maintaining along with her 12-year-old brother and 40-year-old chaperone, however her lack of bodily exercise made this comparatively easy train tough for her to finish.
The well being advantages of bodily exercise are plain. Nevertheless, our tradition is basically sedentary, and this life-style has transitioned to our kids. Many kids and youth spend massive parts of their days indoors sitting in entrance of the tv, holding a cellphone or urgent buttons on a gaming controller. Indoor actions and video games are high quality, however we should not neglect the necessity for bodily exercise.
Youngsters who aren’t drawn to bodily exercise on their very own could must be pressured to rise up and get lively. Mother and father can require that kids spend a sure interval every day or every week doing one thing of a bodily nature. These occasions may be, and needs to be, enjoyable and pleasurable for youngsters.
Youthful kids can play outdoors when climate permits. This enables kids to make use of their creativeness and be taught concerning the world round them whereas bodily lively. Youngsters of all ages could get pleasure from a visit to the park, a hike by a nature path, or a stroll alongside the seaside. Everybody — kids and adults — can take walks within the neighborhood or work collectively on garden care. There are numerous methods to remain lively.
These occasions of bodily exercise additionally present a superb alternative for them to spend time with household and buddies away from electronics. Nice conversations may be had when taking part in catch with a soccer or strolling within the park.
It’s essential to make sure that kids are remaining bodily lively. The well being advantages, each bodily and psychological, have been confirmed time and time once more.
Nathan Rice is a Hampton Roads native and may be reached at [email protected]