It is an amazing time to be alive! Technology has allowed us to communicate and interact in ways we only imagined in science fiction movies years ago. Social networking and the interaction practices it has enabled us to connect with people thousands of miles away with just the click of a mouse. The latest and greatest video games allow people from different continents to join up and compete against others they only know as an avatar. Children can instantly see if the kid down the street is available to play without leaving the house.
While these communication practices with “instant gratification” may be efficient – and don’t get me wrong, the technology we are subject to is amazing – I can’t help but think of when social networking meant something entirely different as a child. I don’t want to sound like the stereotypical “old guy” who talks about walking up hill both ways, in the snow with no shoes, etc., but I question the fact that all of this available efficiency has actually led to less of the “inefficiency” that is beneficial to a person’s fitness level, particularly in childhood.
There is certainly no doubt that kids still play. Drive by any neighborhood and you will see proof of this. You also can’t blame kids for taking advantage of technology; it’s what humans do. I remember vividly trying to get a hold of one of my friends as a child and the first course of action was probably to call them on the phone. If they weren’t home I had two other choices if I really want to connect, walk or ride my bike to their house. From there I would probably veer off to other destinations and then find myself back home in time for dinner. Of course, this sounds like I was a kid very concerned with my fitness level, but the reality is we just didn’t have any other options. I couldn’t IM or Facebook message, or even text, if you can believe it. We have become incredibly efficient as a society, so much that from time to time, we need to introduce some “inefficiencies” to our routine to keep the blood pumping.
On August 10, the Vermont Lake Monsters are teaming up with the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital for our first-ever Kids Fitness Clinic. This morning session will introduce children to healthy practices in the way of exercise and eating habits, in a way that will make these practices fun and easy to do, in hopes that the lessons learned will be followed for the months, if not years, after.
We hope you can join us August 10 for this special event. All kids participating will receive a camp t-shirt, a fitness practice booklet, healthy lunch, and opportunity to meet with the UVM Medical Center staff and Vermont Lake Monsters players. Registration is limited and the fee is only $5. For more information, and to register, please visit Healthy Kids Clinic.
See you at the ballpark!
Kyle Bostwick is Vice President of the Vermont Lake Monsters. 2013 is Kyle’s twentieth season in Minor League Baseball. He lives in Hinesburg, Vermont, with his wife and two active daughters.
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