The Importance of Physical Activity

One of the trends we’ve been tracking here at CPYU has been the rise in childhood and adolescent obesity. Because God has created us to have bodies and called us to care for and steward them to his glory, we must be concerned not only about our own health and well-being, but the health and well-being of our kids. One of the factors related to this obesity epidemic is the decreasing amount of physical activity for kids. More and more kids sit around engaging with screens, which has resulted in less time spent playing outdoors. A new study from the UK and Europe has found that in our teenagers, sedentary time may increase heart size three times more than moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. This is a cause for concern as it’s estimated that eighty percent of adolescents worldwide have insufficient physical activity per day. Parents, hear these words from the Apostle Paul: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? Honor God with your bodies.