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Video: Asking 10-year olds "What Would You Do with Five Extra Years?"

Doris Yee

Today's kids are expected to die before their parents by five years. Recently launched is a fight against inactivity by educating younger generations how they can gain those five years back. Technological advancements has designed us to be sitting too long and too comfortably. Watch the video, download the PDF, get off your bum and start moving.

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  • Ivan Joksimovic

    Well, if you are taking TA-65, you could have more than 5 extra years :) Did any of you take TA-65 supplement? I've been taking for a year now, and I can tell you that the results are stunning. Here you can find more about it if you're interested:

  • Jeff Nelder

    It's difficult to prescribe what parents should do- with both parents working, just saying that parents need to play with their kids doesn't take the time of day parents and kids get together into account. I will say that there isn't anything more fun than playing with your kids- and exercise can be part of the game for both parents and kids. Another opportunity is instilling an appreciation for nature and open spaces- you cannot experience those seated comfortably. I'm shocked about PE becoming a victim of funding cuts.

  • Jen Chiou

    I was an indoor kid and still don't spend much time working out or doing intense physical activity. I think the key for me is living in a walkable city... in NYC the exercise I get is walking around from place to place. As an adult, I've never owned a car. Where I grew up in CA, you take a car everywhere you go, so you never need to walk further than your frontdoor to your car.

    • Doris Yee

      This is such an interesting comment thread because the site does (in many ways) point at technology as the main demon for being this race of slowing down. But many people here are responding that it's about our the physical development of urban spaces and economy.

  • bruingirlie

    This a fantastic statistic and an even better video. I would love to show this at my school's PTO. It is powerful and authentic. I whole-heartedly agree that our children need be taught (by role models!) that exercise and physical activity are an integral part of life: childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

    • Doris Yee

      If you do show it at your school's PTO, please let me know what was the reaction and feedback. Would love to hear about that.

  • Allison Le

    This really starts with the parents. When I was a kid I hated when my parents limited television/video game time.. now looking back I'm so glad they instilled that mindset in me.

  • Douglas Sellers

    Don't you think that a lot of this has to do with the increased urbanization in America and the cost of land/real-estate in those urban areas? No one has back yards anymore. No schools have any room for kids to run around. The best/most jobs are in big cities where owning an acre of land will run you 1 to many millions of dollars to own in big cities.

    • Renee Solorzano

      Not entirely. I grew up in SF with a miniature backyard and I was a very active kid. I think it depends more-so on parents making the effort to take their kids out to parks, hikes, and incorporating/ supporting athletics in their kids' daily routine. Big cities require more effort to accomplish this, for sure.
      I think this has to do more-so with the effort levels dropping, as we are engineering physical activity out of our daily lives more and more each day.

      • Douglas Sellers

        Do you feel like you ran around outside every day, or was it more of just a weekend thing with your parents. I totally hear you about it being a level of effort thing. I think that jobs these days also wear down parents a lot more too. Parents come home exhausted because work (where they just sat all day) is so draining and don't have the energy to do it .

        • Renee Solorzano

          I played sports year-round, so I was either at practice, or I'd be running around at the park. One of San Francisco's great qualities is that parks are easily accessible in most neighborhoods.

          • Douglas Sellers

            I am about to have a kid here and am really curious! How did you parents do it before you went to school?

    • Nicholas Hughes

      I think it has to do with television and computers as well. Many of us sit still and look at screens for most of the day. When we are tired of that, we sit and eat.

      • Douglas Sellers

        It does take effort to change your mode of operation from screen viewer to doing anything else.

      • Jack Lyon

        For sure. Just this weekend, I was at a birthday party where the parents (and grandparents) were hanging out in the backyard. The parents' kids (who are both teenagers) stayed in the house all day, parked in front of a gigantic television, playing video games.

        • Doris Yee

          This makes me appreciate DDR and Kinect Fit. At least you're on the move and on your legs.

          I was a pretty active kid, a very inactive tween and an even more inactive teenager. I grew up having a large yard, and parks to my left and right. My parents couldn't really afford extracurricular activities so I only wish I had proper education in school, which is where I nerded it out for a majority of the day.

        • Douglas Sellers

          Do you feel like it was a parenting problem though? What else could the kids have been doing? Did the parents make the kids come out into the backyard or they just let them be?

    • Doris Yee

      That's really true. The American Heart Association suggests kids get about 60 minutes of physical activity every day. That's one hour of your waking life, which is not a lot.

      Money is a lot of this, especially in urban areas. 69 percent of urban schools have access to a decent gym. Because of inadequate funding, a lot of them have slowly given up on enforcing or requiring physical education (Illinois is the only state that requires daily PE).

      So sure, why not just build a gym on the rooftop if you're in the city so you don't acquire more acres of land? But even an investment or renovation like that costs multiple dollar signs.

      • Douglas Sellers

        It takes more than just a gym though. A gym is still in doors. It isn't outside running around.

      • Diana Ahrens

        It's crazy that more schools don't require daily PE! I had no idea...