The increasing popularity of screen devices has been working against keeping children active, meaning that childhood obesity is at its highest rate. Children often find themselves spending more time on their phones playing games or watching TV, than they do playing outside or getting active.
The challenge with screen based entertainment is that they become fun for children and stimulate their brain, whereas children can sometimes get bored with physical activities. Another problem is that playing with technology can become a habit, which is sometimes hard to break.
Obviously gaming and televisions aren’t going to magically disappear, however there are ways that they can work in harmony with physical activity.
Using technology to create active habits…
The internet is a hub of ‘How to’ videos and tutorials, which are great to use to learn new skills, this also means that it is great for schools and teachers, as videos can be used to teach children how to learn a new technique such as dribbling a ball or throwing it in the hoop. The children can then go outside and put their knowledge into practise!
Pedometers are one of the most popular technology advances used with physical activity. They measure steps and can be used by a wide range of age groups. This allows for individuals to see how many steps they are doing, and to progress and motivate to do more- which gets the heart pumping!
Apps are a great resource to incorporate within physical activity, there is such a wide range out there, including ones that track fitness, give ideas for new games, and those that help track sugar intake. One food app that is a great way to stay on track with healthy eating Is the Change4Life app.
Not a substitute
Something to remember is that technology can help aid physical activity and its outcome, but it should not be used as a substitute. This means that technology should be used sparingly, and should only be used as a resource.
Adapting to new technology can sometimes take time. Embracing technology can help to create a more dynamic learning experience and varied classroom environment.
Active Superstars offer high quality sports activities to keep children active, and to introduce them to healthy habits. To book your child into a dance or football academy, or to find out more call Active Superstars today on 0121 222 5464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org