experts now recommending LESS exercise for our children

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Jodi - posted on 01/06/2011

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Instead of focusing on lowering the amount of excercise one needs to attain, why not focus on lowering the amount of sedentary activity. Gives numbers for hours sitting/being inactive (which I know they're *including*, but perhaps give it a try by itself?) with alternatives of activities. Give people numbers, like 20 minutes raking leaves burns x amount of calories, or half an hour of shoveling snow (or pushing a big, fat, heavy snowblower) burns so much fat/calories. THAT would help make it attainable IMO. It would probably encourage me to rake more, or take the stairs more or what have you if I could see the benefits of it...but lowering the standards for how much activity I need, doesn't give me that push to excercise MORE...it doesn't make sense to me I guess.

Desiree - posted on 01/06/2011

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Maybe we should be recommending "LESS EXPERTS"!
They keep changing the goal posts to such an extent that we no longer know which way to turn, if we allow our kids to excise it's too much and we don't care about our kids. If we let them execerise less the same still applies. So no matter which way we turn we will always be stuck in the middle not knowing which way to go. So it's simple I will go according to my intuition which has never set me wrong yet (except when I don't listen to it) and I am going to Boycott the so called "experts".

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Nicole - posted on 01/06/2011

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people are lazy slobs and we can't expect anything from them, so let's just ask the bare minimum or them, and maybe, they will get off of their lazy asses.

Yeah, that will work wonders! *rolls eyes*

Having positive expectations of someone is not a bad thing. Children need high warmth and high expectations in order to be successful, and age appropriate autonomy

Sharon - posted on 01/06/2011

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We can't meet our current "No fat kids" goal so lets lower our expectations. Is that the gist of this?

Bonnie - posted on 01/06/2011

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I personally don't find it all that encouraging with them lowering it. More children are not exercising or not getting even close to enough so I don't see why they would lower it. Give them something higher to work towards.

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