Is your child getting the required physical activity?

By Bhaven Shah,

There is no argument that academic excellence is highly valued in most schools and colleges across India. Most of the curriculum and academic calendars of schools are geared towards ensuring maximum pass out ratios or maximum number of students securing top spots in the state or national level examinations.  In order to meet their own expectations in this highly competitive academic context, parents often send their children for extra tuitions classes and other preparatory coaching institutes.

Photo credit: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/500872

But, are our children getting a well-rounded education? Are we building confident, balanced individuals for tomorrow, who seek out and achieve the limits of their excellence?

There are, of course, a few selected schools and parents who are able to provide a well-rounded exposure to their kids in terms of learning new life skills, hands-on camps or workshops, competitive sports and activities geared towards experiential learning. But, for the majority of other students, life is fairly one dimensional with not many mechanisms to develop their individual personality or even avenues to cope with academic stress. In addition, the combination of stress and lifestyle choices today could leave our children more prone to health issues than possibly their previous generation. Rapid urbanization, proliferation of Internet and increased used of transport have caused global changes in physical activity. A third of the people across the world do not even meet the minimum daily requirement of 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity.

Outdoor activities help kids stay fit and active which will benefit them in the long run. Besides, when they play with other kids outdoors, they learn to be more cordial and they try to work well in groups, which helps them develop qualities like leadership and co-operation. A simple change such as adding a 30-minute cycling or once a quarter trekking excursion can lead to positive impact on children. Such activities, along with a well-balanced nutrition diet, will assist in overall physical, emotional and social development in kids.

Every child and adult have their own view, and rightly so, of how they want to shape the future of today’s youth. No matter what their vision is, there is no denying that we all want our children to overcome challenges and achieve the pinnacle of their personal best. The best we can do to prepare our youth today is to make their body and mind fit to successfully run the marathon called life.

About the Author:

Bhaven is co-founder of Hundred Cubs, an outdoor lifestyle network. Hundred Cubs promotes physical activities in natural settings with focus on experiential learning and fitness. Hundred Cubs programs and online tools are geared towards personal development, team camaraderie and fitness focus. Prior to starting Hundred Cubs, Bhaven was a Deputy General Manager at WaterHealth International – India. In the past 15 years, Bhaven has held many management positions in the corporate sector primarily in the USA. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and M.S. in Computer Science from Ball State University, Indiana. Bhaven can be reached at bhaven@hundredcubs.com.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

This entry was posted in learning, parent engagement and tagged , , , by Bhaven Shah. Bookmark the permalink.

About Bhaven Shah

Bhaven is co-founder of Hundred Cubs, an outdoor lifestyle network. Hundred Cubs promotes physical activities in natural settings with focus on experiential learning and fitness. Hundred Cubs programs and online tools are geared towards personal development, team camaraderie and fitness focus. Prior to starting Hundred Cubs, Bhaven was a Deputy General Manager at WaterHealth International - India. In the past 15 years, Bhaven has held many management positions in the corporate sector primarily in the USA. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and M.S. in Computer Science from Ball State University, Indiana. Bhaven can be reached at bhaven@hundredcubs.com

3 comments on “Is your child getting the required physical activity?

  1. sunaina on said:

    this post was very useful to encourage activities for children. but i would like to know about the activities conducted in various boards of education viz SSLC, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB, NOS. how different are they? do they include scholastic as well as non-scholastic activities??

    • Bhaven Shah on said:

      Dear Sunaina, I am not the expert to point out differences among various boards. To the best of my knowledge, all boards have a physical education as a compulsory subject for all grades. Besides that, when it comes to vocational topics such as art, music, athletics, leadership etc. I have not heard of these topics as requirements by any specific board. I believe that the difference really is in how a specific school encourages non-scholastic activities and how they set up the right infrastructure for students to take part in such activities. Let’s take physical education for instance. Although every school has physical education as a mandatory subject, in terms of implementation, the quality of physical education a child receives differs from school to school. This has to do with the general attitude of the school management and that is reflected in the quality of teachers hired for the class as well as facilities made available for the students. Some boards seem to be paying more attention to this area now. During my recent visit to one of the international schools, the principal told me that the CBSE administrators at a national level are trying to introduce more non-scholastic activities in the curriculum. This is a good news. However, the principal was also concerned about finding extra time and supporting parents needs such as transportation if such programs were introduced after school hours. So, parents here have to play an important role too. If parents want to see their children develop as well-rounded individuals then they should request their schools to include non-scholastic activities in their annual calendar. Hope this helps.

  2. Sphoorti on said:

    Physical activity is a must for children, it helps them grow physically and mentally. I just recently read ( http://www.humptybumptykids.com/top-5-benefits-of-yoga-for-kids/ ) that kids can do yoga too and we all know exercising yoga for any age groups can do miracles!

Leave a Reply