Literacy.....In a physical sense

The evidence for alarming obesity rates is seen everywhere. The internet contains countless research papers that have outlined the cry for help to solve excess weight gain.

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Figure 1.

Talk is cheap, and Skateboarding is Positive demands action. Let us simplify weight management with a general energy (calories) balance principal. First, let us define some terms. Calories In is a factor that considers the product of what we are putting into our bodies (calories from foods and beverages). Calories Out is the opposing factor that considers what we do to get rid of the excess product we put into our bodies (exercise, movement, metabolism). See Figure 1.

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Figure 2.

The obesity issue arises because individuals are putting too many non-nutritional calories into their bodies (termed empty calories) and also not pursing forms of physical activity such as exercise and sport. The Calories In side is greater than the Calories Out side which equals weight gain. This is why staying active is important, to contribute to the Calories Out side of the scale to ensure maintaining weight or losing weight. See Figure 2. In the science realm this principal contains further detail. For tangible effective change, this information will satisfy.

Now that the Calories Out side has been shown as an area of improvement, let us determine how to contribute to increased physical activity levels. To get increased physical activity levels, the methods are exercise and sport. A circumstance to explain why individuals do not pursue continual exercise and sport is because they don’t know how. Many individuals do not develop physical skills early in life. See Figure 3.

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Figure 3.

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Figure 4.

One possible reason for this is because gym classes have been cut or sometimes eliminated in schools. It is essential to mandate exercise and sport for individuals to learn how to function their bodies and develop an advantageous personality. Physical literacy is a field that understands the significance of developing strength, speed, coordination, balance, and endurance for participation in exercise and sport. See Figure 4.

Physical literacy explains how individuals are not active later in life because they are discouraged. If someone knows that they have poor balance and endurance than it is almost an obvious reason as to why they are not active and do not participate in exercise and sport. Many individuals do not develop physical skills early in life or even throughout their life. It is when we follow physical literacy that we develop skills to create the opportunity for an active life of exercise and sport so that the Calories Out side is constantly “in-use.” Regardless of your career or life path, if you’re not healthy you won’t be able to focus on your goals. See Figure 5.

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Figure 5.

Skateboarding is of value because it represents a form of exercise and sport to increase the power of the Calories Out side of the scale. With an activity such as skateboarding, more specifically a progression oriented activity, weight is capable of being maintained or lost no matter what the age, gender, ethnicity, financial situation, and interests of an individual are. Skateboarding is also of value because skateboarding is capable of teaching physical literacy. The balance and coordination that skateboarding teaches is fully able to translate to other movement and sport skills. See Figure 6.

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Figure 6.

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What is Physical Literacy Movement Preparation?:
http://www.physicalliteracy.ca/move-prep

More on the ABCs: Useful In All Sports:
http://canadiansportforlife.ca/physical-literacy/more-abcs-useful-all-sports