Being picked last on a sports team not only hurts a child’s self-esteem, but it looks like it can also make a huge impact on them as adults much later on in their lives, too. As a matter of fact, there’s a new report that suggests children who are often the last ones picked to be on a sports team turn into lazy adults.
For a lot of elementary-aged students, they either love physical education at school, or they loathe it. Those who displayed athletic talent believed that it was their time to shine, while other kids felt that their lack of athleticism or hand-eye coordination was embarrassing in front of their classmates to say the least. Well now it looks like being the last individual to be picked on a team in gym class might have a long-lasting effect on their lives, and not in a good way.
A new study published by the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine says that kids who hated sports turn out to be adults who hate sports later in life, too. At least, when it comes to participating.
The researchers from Iowa State University analyzed approximately 1,000 adults from 46 states, between the ages of 18 and 45 and found that over 34 percent said they still felt embarrassed from their gym days when they were being judged by their peers. An additional 14 percent revealed that they were also felt as though their bodies were being judged in the locker room.
In other words, this emotional impact has led to a generation of people spending their weekdays and weekends sitting at home and doing nothing else.
For a lot of parents, educators and of course P.E. teachers from all across the country, the findings are quite troubling. But at the same time, there are plenty of things that moms and dads can do to encourage healthy habits and lifestyles both in and outside of the home. The first step can be as simple as taking a family walk around the neighborhood in the evening, spending time swimming on warm weather days or even going on a bike ride.
Any little step can help to get your child moving, regardless of what their athletic ability might be. Healthy habits and routines that are established during the childhood years can turn into healthy habits and routines later on in life, too.