This is a question that many physical education teachers, doctors, and physiotherapists make. I do not know if I’m right, but in my opinion the reason begins very early in people’s lives. And the answer for me is simple. They do not know how to exercise. They have not learned. Simple as that.
I believe that there is a great correlation with knowing how to perform the movement. If the father or the mother practices physical activity, the children have a 50% chance to practice it also. If the father and mother practice physical activity the possibility rises to 90%.
If we think a little, even those who like to exercise have their preferences. For example, a person who is a good cyclist, that pedals with ease, but doesn’t know how to swim well. I’ve never heard a person in this condition say, I like to swim as much as pedaling! And if we talk about an activity that is not necessarily made by athletes or amateur practitioners. The dance! What do you think would be the answer if you invite to dance a person who has no coordination and no flair to dance? Can anyone believe that those who do not know how to dance like to go dancing? I think not.
So, in my opinion, people who do not like to do exercise do not like it because they don’t know how to exercise. They didn’t learn how to move the body properly and with dexterity, since childhood. Thus, activities become boring and arduous. Believe me, we like to do what we have learned to do and do well.
The good thing about this is that it is always time to learn. Learning won’t be as easy and fast as when we are children, but we can learn. At this point a good physical education teacher has an unimaginable importance to teach, correct, and help improve his student.
From there, health, wellness, weight loss, improved blood circulation, regulation of blood pressure, improvement in oxygen uptake, improved sleep quality, increased pain threshold, more muscle strength, improved flexibility, decreased possibility of falls for the elderly, improvement in mood, decreased depression, decreased cholesterol and other blood lipids, blood glucose maintenance. Reduced possibility of type II diabetes, cardiovascular improvement, increased level of attention and learning, memory enhancement, improved physical layout, improved posture, reduced back pain … a lot, don’t you think? So let’s teach and therefore, learn.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Ivani Manzzo is PhD in Science from the School of Medicine UNIFESP – EPM in São Paulo, Brazil, with emphasis on obesity, pregnancy and exercise. In 2010 she began hers studies as Life Coach and has since worked helping people achieve their nutritional and heath goals. These articles are published with Dra Ivani Manzzo’s permission.