Generation slowpoke? Kids don't run as fast as parents once did, study finds.

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    Nov 19, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    http://www.today.com/moms/generation-slowpoke-kids-dont-run-fast-parents-once-did-study-2D11603599
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    Nov 20, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    Gee, I'm sure there's a good joke in there somewhere, but I can't quite come up with one.

    ...something about "at least we can always catch them" icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 20, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    They cant run as fast as us older folk because they wear there pants below there ass and they fall down when they run......
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    Nov 20, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    If the jokes have gotten better, I don't mind.
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    Nov 20, 2013 11:00 PM GMT
    davidingeorgia saidThey cant run as fast as us older folk because they wear there pants below there ass and they fall down when they run......


    Ah, good point. And maybe those ridiculous bloomers that they wear instead of running shorts have sort of a parachute effect.
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    Nov 21, 2013 12:09 AM GMT
    Videogames, computers, internet, smartphones.. kids have too many distractions to keep them indoors. If kids are fat and out of shape, then the parents are to blame.
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    Nov 21, 2013 11:52 AM GMT
    We could run fast because when we were naughty we got a hiding from our parents.
    Kids these days don't...so haven't learnt the need to run...icon_evil.gif
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    Nov 21, 2013 1:02 PM GMT
    Interesting piece of news.
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    Nov 21, 2013 2:11 PM GMT
    I was at the YMCA recently with two 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old in Ohio. These kids (2 boys, 1 girl) are not overweight and look normal. But not one of them could do a single pull up. Pull ups and chin ups were a standard part of our conditioning in gym class throughout elementary and middle school back in early 70s. I guess that isn't the case anymore. In fact, one of the kids goes to a school where gym has been removed completely from the curriculum.
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    Nov 21, 2013 2:34 PM GMT
    Nivek saidI was at the YMCA recently with two 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old in Ohio. These kids (2 boys, 1 girl) are not overweight and look normal. But not one of them could do a single pull up. Pull ups and chin ups were a standard part of our conditioning in gym class throughout elementary and middle school back in early 70s. I guess that isn't the case anymore. In fact, one of the kids goes to a school where gym has been removed completely from the curriculum.

    Maybe. But PE wasn't much use for Gen X either. The overpaid chair-moisteners we had for PE teachers would usually just leave out a couple of basketballs while they sat in their smelly, locker room-connected office and read magazines. As a farmboy, I got all the physical activity I needed at home. These days I live in suburbia and note that the young guys in my 'hood don't even mow the yard, put down mulch, or maintain their folks' cars. The chores kids used to do are being hired out these days.
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    Nivek saidI was at the YMCA recently with two 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old in Ohio. These kids (2 boys, 1 girl) are not overweight and look normal. But not one of them could do a single pull up. Pull ups and chin ups were a standard part of our conditioning in gym class throughout elementary and middle school back in early 70s. I guess that isn't the case anymore. In fact, one of the kids goes to a school where gym has been removed completely from the curriculum.

    When I taught college Phy Ed in the mid-1980s I'd do a strength test and body fat measurements on all my students at the beginning of each semester.

    I was amazed that young men who looked ripped, with 6 packs and all, actually had high body fat percentages, up in the mid-20s, similar to females. And their strength tests proved they had little muscle, despite their impressive but deceptive appearances. Sleek bodywork, but no horsepower under the hood.

    They didn't have beer bellies, with all the fat in their gut, but the fat was "marbled" throughout their muscles, like a cut of beef. Hence they had less strength than me, then in my 30s, with a small and slight build myself, not appearing muscular at all. But I had only 9% body fat, what there was of me was mostly muscle, toned and strong, and I could smoke my students in the gym, literally run circles around them, even though they were 15 years younger than me.

    So that this study doesn't surprise me, I saw the same thing years ago. I attributed it then to junk food and insufficient exercise. And that appears to continue to be a problem.
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    Nov 21, 2013 3:33 PM GMT
    It's called obesity. That's what happens when life revolves around the iPhone, iPad, and XBox.
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    Nov 21, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    because they are lazy and cannot pull their collective heads out of their electronic devices. hell, i be they have never even played outside after school... you know, riding a bike, kicking a ball, etc...........
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    Nov 21, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    I dunno... my nieces and their friends aren't even allowed to walk or ride bikes to each other's houses. They have to be driven. Even if it's only one mile. I find it mind boggling. That's all on the parents though.
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    Nov 21, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    Nivek saidI was at the YMCA recently with two 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old in Ohio. These kids (2 boys, 1 girl) are not overweight and look normal. But not one of them could do a single pull up. Pull ups and chin ups were a standard part of our conditioning in gym class throughout elementary and middle school back in early 70s. I guess that isn't the case anymore. In fact, one of the kids goes to a school where gym has been removed completely from the curriculum.


    Yes, and also everything has to be done with labor saving machinery plus the addiction to their electronics. I am one of the few people in my town who does not own a riding mower or snow blower. For me pushing a mower, shoveling snow, and raking leaves are like an extra workout.
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    Nov 22, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    Thats an interesting piece of research and pretty scary at the same time.
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    Nov 22, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI dunno... my nieces and their friends aren't even allowed to walk or ride bikes to each other's houses. They have to be driven. Even if it's only one mile. I find it mind boggling. That's all on the parents though.


    Yes, this too. Walking and bicycling to school used to be the norm but is now extremely rare, except in enclaves like Palo Alto and Portland.